Dictionary.com

continuum

[ kuhn-tin-yoo-uhm ]
/ kənˈtɪn yu əm /
Save This Word!

noun, plural con·tin·u·a [kuhn-tin-yoo-uh]. /kənˈtɪn yu ə/.
a continuous extent, series, or whole.
Mathematics.
  1. a set of elements such that between any two of them there is a third element.
  2. the set of all real numbers.
  3. any compact, connected set containing at least two elements.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of continuum

1640–50; <Latin, noun use of neuter of continuuscontinuous
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use continuum in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for continuum

continuum
/ (kənˈtɪnjʊəm) /

noun plural -tinua (-ˈtɪnjʊə) or -tinuums
a continuous series or whole, no part of which is perceptibly different from the adjacent parts

Word Origin for continuum

C17: from Latin, neuter of continuus continuous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK