continuous
[ kuh ntinyoouh s ]
/ kənˈtɪn yu əs /

adjective
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 noncontinuous
It possessed, of course, the disadvantage of all field works of a noncontinuous nature: it might be outflanked and surrounded.
Canada in Flanders, Volume II (of 3)Lord Max Aitken BeaverbrookIn noncontinuous industries, maintenance of existing standard working day as basic.
Meantime Fraunhofer made the discovery that the spectrum of an ignited gaseous body is noncontinuous, and has interrupting lines.
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continuous
/ (kənˈtɪnjʊəs) /
adjective
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)
Word Origin for continuous
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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continuous
1640s, from French continueus or directly from Latin continuus "uninterrupted, hanging together" (see continue). Related: Continuously.
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continuous
[ kəntĭn′yōōəs ]
adj.
Uninterrupted in time, sequence, substance, or extent.
Attached together in repeated units.
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continuous
[ kəntĭn′yōōəs ]
Relating to a line or curve that extends without a break or irregularity.
A function in which changes, however small, to any xvalue result in small changes to the corresponding yvalue, 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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