# continuous

[kuh n-tin-yoo-uh s]

- uninterrupted in time; without cessation: continuous coughing during the concert.
- being in immediate connection or spatial relationship: a continuous series of blasts; a continuous row of warehouses.
- Grammar. progressive(def 7).

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## Origin of continuous^{}

1635–45; < Latin continuus uninterrupted, equivalent to contin(ēre) to hold together, retain (con- con- + -tinēre, combining form of tenēre to hold; cf. contain) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; cf. -ous, contiguous

## Usage note

See continual.

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## Examples from the Web for continuous

### Contemporary Examples

#### The director, Jonathan Demme, offers us a continuous rock experience that keeps building, becoming ever more intense and euphoric.

#### There had been continuous problems with the Pratt & Whitney engines.

#### That really hit me, the continuous flow of ideas without stopping.

#### The ensuing night gave me the grand migraine of my life, with throbs like the blows of an ax and continuous pinwheels.

#### After 57 years of continuous operation, the theater closed, was sold to a private company, and scheduled for demolition.

### Historical Examples

#### She always thought of seventy-nine as one continuous November.

Life and Death of Harriett FreanMay Sinclair

#### Porter viewed this continuous performance with silent skepticism.

ThoroughbredsW. A. Fraser

#### This report was followed by another, and yet another, and now by one continuous volley.

RidgewayScian Dubh

#### At its highest speed this ticking changed into a continuous sound of trickling.

The Secret AgentJoseph Conrad

#### The thunder was not loud, but it kept up a continuous muttering and rumbling.

The Rock of ChickamaugaJoseph A. Altsheler

## continuous

- prolonged without interruption; unceasinga continuous noise
- in an unbroken series or pattern
- maths (of a function or curve) changing gradually in value as the variable changes in value. A function f is continuous if at every value a of the independent variable the difference between f(x) and f(a) approaches zero as x approaches aCompare discontinuous (def. 2) See also limit (def. 5)
- statistics (of a variable) having a continuum of possible values so that its distribution requires integration rather than summation to determine its cumulative probabilityCompare discrete (def. 3)
- grammar another word for progressive (def. 8)

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## Word Origin

C17: from Latin continuus, from continēre to hold together, contain

## usage

Both continual and continuous can be used to say that something continues without interruption, but only continual can correctly be used to say that something keeps happening repeatedly

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## Word Origin and History for continuous

### adj.

1640s, from French continueus or directly from Latin continuus "uninterrupted, hanging together" (see continue). Related: Continuously.

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## continuous

(kən-tĭn′yōō-əs)- Uninterrupted in time, sequence, substance, or extent.
- Attached together in repeated units.

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## continuous

[kən-tĭn′yōō-əs]

- Relating to a line or curve that extends without a break or irregularity.
- A function in which changes, however small, to any x-value result in small changes to the corresponding y-value, without sudden jumps. Technically, a function is continuous at the point c if it meets the following condition: for any positive number ε, however small, there exists a positive number δ such that for all x within the distance δ from c, the value of f(x) will be within the distance ε from f(c). Polynomials, exponential functions, and trigonometric functions are examples of continuous functions.

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