[dis-kuh n-tin-yoo-uh s]
- not continuous; broken; interrupted; intermittent: a discontinuous chain of mountains; a discontinuous argument.
- Mathematics. (of a function at a point) not continuous at the point.
Origin of discontinuous
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Examples from the Web for discontinuous
American foreign policy is much more continuous than discontinuous.Why I'll Vote for Romney
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But the benefit is spasmodic, discontinuous, and extremely limited.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
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Of the discontinuous alone does the intellect form a clear idea.
Now, to modify an object, we have to perceive it as divisible and discontinuous.
We are at ease only in the discontinuous, in the immobile, in the dead.
Intuition is there, however, but vague and above all discontinuous.
- characterized by interruptions or breaks; intermittent
- maths (of a function or curve) changing suddenly in value for one or more values of the variable or at one or more pointsCompare continuous (def. 3)
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- Mathematics Relating to a function that contains one or more points where the function is either discontinuous or undefined.
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