[kuh n-tin-yoo-uh m]

noun, plural con·tin·u·a [kuh n-tin-yoo-uh] /kənˈtɪn yu ə/.

a continuous extent, series, or whole.
  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.

Origin of continuum

1640–50; < Latin, noun use of neuter of continuus continuous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for continua

continuity, continuance, perpetuity, sequence, continuing

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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
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Word Origin and History for continua



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

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