- uninterrupted in time; without cessation: continuous coughing during the concert.
- being in immediate connection or spatial relationship: a continuous series of blasts; a continuous row of warehouses.
- Grammar. progressive(def 7).
Origin of continuous
Examples from the Web for continuously
Poverty, alienation, estrangement, continuously aggravated by racism, overt and institutional.‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson
November 26, 2014
We continuously pause to pull them out while Zalwar Khan and his companion smirk at us and chew unbothered.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
The village of Qift, for instance, has been continuously occupied for 5,000 years, and has seen its fortunes rise and fall.The Nile: Where Ancient and Modern Meet
June 21, 2014
Plane travel is extremely dehydrating, and continuously purchasing water at airport prices can put a dent in your wallet.How to Get Cheaper Tickets, Live Like a Local, and Other Great Travel Hacks
June 4, 2014
So it uses its continuously increasing store of data to improve its performance.This is What Happens When You Teach Machines the Power of Natural Selection
February 1, 2014
The ground on which they walked ascended gradually and continuously.Sielanka: An Idyll
He smoked cigarettes and drank tea in silence, continuously.Under Western Eyes
The actual facts are that I began this book impulsively and wrote it continuously.Notes on My Books
A tumultuous shuffling of feet went on continuously over our heads.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Why had this song been so persistently and continuously played?The Ivory Snuff Box
- prolonged without interruption; unceasinga continuous noise
- in an unbroken series or pattern
- maths (of a function or curve) changing gradually in value as the variable changes in value. A function f is continuous if at every value a of the independent variable the difference between f(x) and f(a) approaches zero as x approaches aCompare discontinuous (def. 2) See also limit (def. 5)
- statistics (of a variable) having a continuum of possible values so that its distribution requires integration rather than summation to determine its cumulative probabilityCompare discrete (def. 3)
- grammar another word for progressive (def. 8)
Word Origin and History for continuously
1640s, from French continueus or directly from Latin continuus "uninterrupted, hanging together" (see continue). Related: Continuously.
- Uninterrupted in time, sequence, substance, or extent.
- Attached together in repeated units.
- Relating to a line or curve that extends without a break or irregularity.
- A function in which changes, however small, to any x-value result in small changes to the corresponding y-value, without sudden jumps. Technically, a function is continuous at the point c if it meets the following condition: for any positive number ε, however small, there exists a positive number δ such that for all x within the distance δ from c, the value of f(x) will be within the distance ε from f(c). Polynomials, exponential functions, and trigonometric functions are examples of continuous functions.