# 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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### Historical Examples of continua

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 for continuum

C17: from Latin, neuter of continuus continuous

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## Word Origin and History for continua

## continuum

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

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