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discontinuous

[ dis-kuhn-tin-yoo-uhs ]
/ ˌdɪs kənˈtɪn yu əs /
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adjective
not continuous; broken; interrupted; intermittent: a discontinuous chain of mountains; a discontinuous argument.
Mathematics. (of a function at a point) not continuous at the point.
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Origin of discontinuous

From the Medieval Latin word discontinuus, dating back to 1660–70. See dis-1, continuous

OTHER WORDS FROM discontinuous

dis·con·tin·u·ous·ly, adverbdis·con·tin·u·ous·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for discontinuous

discontinuous
/ (ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjʊəs) /

adjective
characterized by interruptions or breaks; intermittent
maths (of a function or curve) changing suddenly in value for one or more values of the variable or at one or more pointsCompare continuous (def. 3)

Derived forms of discontinuous

discontinuously, adverbdiscontinuousness, noun
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Scientific definitions for discontinuous

discontinuous
[ dĭs′kən-tĭnyōō-əs ]

Mathematics Relating to a function that contains one or more points where the function is either discontinuous or undefined.
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