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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How to use continuous spectrum in a sentence
Also a certain kind of continuous spectrum, as well as reflected solar light showing Frauenhofer lines, have been seen.History of Astronomy | George Forbes
Besides the continuous spectrum with dark lines, the photograph showed also a spectrum of bright lines.The Chautauquan, Vol. III, December 1882 | The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
The gaseous spectrum of comets is accompanied, in varying degrees, by a continuous spectrum.A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century | Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
A faint continuous spectrum corresponded to this portion of its radiance; but gaseous emissions were also present.A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century | Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
It is this which yields the continuous spectrum, free from dark lines.
British Dictionary definitions for continuous spectrum
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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