constant

[ kon-stuhnt ]
/ ˈkɒn stənt /

adjective

noun

Origin of constant

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin constant- (stem of constāns, present participle of constāre to stand firm), equivalent to con- con- + stā- stand + -nt- present participle suffix

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Definition for constant (2 of 2)

Constant

[ kawn-stahn ]
/ kɔ̃ˈstɑ̃ /

noun

Paul Hen·ri Ben·ja·min Bal·luat [pawl ahn-ree ban-zha-man ba-lwa] /pɔl ɑ̃ˈri bɛ̃ ʒaˈmɛ̃ baˈlwa/. Paul d'Estournelles de Constant.
Jean Jo·seph Ben·ja·min [zhahn zhaw-zef ban-zha-man] /ʒɑ̃ ʒɔˈzɛf bɛ̃ ʒaˈmɛ̃/, 1845–1902, French painter.
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British Dictionary definitions for constant (1 of 2)

constant

/ (ˈkɒnstənt) /

adjective

fixed and invariable; unchanging
continual or continuous; incessantconstant interruptions
resolute in mind, purpose, or affection; loyal

noun

Derived Forms

constantly, adverb

Word Origin for constant

C14: from Old French, from Latin constāns standing firm, from constāre to be steadfast, from stāre to stand

British Dictionary definitions for constant (2 of 2)

Constant

/ (French kɔ̃stɑ̃) /

noun

Benjamin (bɛ̃ʒamɛ̃). real name Henri Benjamin Constant de Rebecque. 1767–1830, French writer and politician: author of the psychological novel Adolphe (1816)
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Medicine definitions for constant

constant

[ kŏnstənt ]

adj.

Continually occurring; persistent.
Unchanging in nature, value, or extent; invariable.

n.

A quantity assumed to have a fixed value in a specified mathematical context.
An experimental or theoretical condition, factor, or quantity that does not vary or that is regarded as invariant in specified circumstances.
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Science definitions for constant

constant

[ kŏnstənt ]

A quantity that is unknown but assumed to have a fixed value in a specified mathematical context.
A theoretical or experimental quantity, condition, or factor that does not vary in specified circumstances. Avogadro's number and Planck's constant are examples of constants.
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Culture definitions for constant

constant


A number that appears in equations and formulas and does not vary or change. Examples are Planck's constant and the speed of light.

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