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continuous spectrum

noun Physics.
  1. a spectrum apparently having all wavelengths over a comparatively wide range, usually characteristic of solids and other substances at high temperatures.
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Origin of continuous spectrum

First recorded in 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for continuous spectrum

continuous spectrum

noun
  1. a spectrum that contains or appears to contain all wavelengths but not spectrum lines over a wide portion of its range. The emission spectrum of incandescent solids is continuous; bremsstrahlung spectra consisting of a large number of lines may appear continuous
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