[ kuhn-tin-yoo-uhm ]
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noun,plural con·tin·u·a [kuhn-tin-yoo-uh]. /kənˈtɪn yu ə/.
  1. a continuous extent, series, or whole.

  2. 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.

Origin of continuum

1640–50; <Latin, noun use of neuter of continuuscontinuous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use continuum in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for continuum


/ (kənˈtɪnjʊəm) /

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

Origin of continuum

C17: from Latin, neuter of continuus continuous

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