# continuum

[kuh n-tin-yoo-uh m]

- a continuous extent, series, or whole.
- Mathematics.
- a set of elements such that between any two of them there is a third element.
- the set of all real numbers.
- any compact, connected set containing at least two elements.

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## Origin of continuum^{}

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## Examples from the Web for continua

### Historical Examples

#### Then she's right, because events in the two continua are the same.

The Right TimeWalter Bupp

#### Celui-ci continua mon travail de correction et d'émendation.

Oscar WildeArthur Ransome

#### The notion thus introduced may be adapted by suitable modifications to continua of lower dimensions in Cn.

#### The locus may largely consist of continua of imaginary points; but the real parts of it constitute a real curve or real curves.

#### We are now in a position to ask the question: Is the matter in a mixture of two continua identical with that of its constituents?

A Librarian's Open ShelfArthur E. Bostwick

## continuum

- a continuous series or whole, no part of which is perceptibly different from the adjacent parts

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## Word Origin

C17: from Latin, neuter of continuus continuous

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## Word Origin and History for continua

## continuum

### n.

1640s, from Latin continuum "a continuous thing," neuter of continuus (see continue). The plural is continua.

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