- 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).
Origin of continuous
Examples from the Web for non-continuous
Historical Examples of non-continuous
Meantime Fraunhofer made the discovery that the spectrum of an ignited gaseous body is non-continuous, and has interrupting lines.New Witnesses for God (Volume 2 of 3)
B. H. Roberts
In non-continuous industries, maintenance of existing standard working day as basic.
It possessed, of course, the disadvantage of all field works of a non-continuous nature: it might be outflanked and surrounded.Canada in Flanders, Volume II (of 3)
Lord Max Aitken Beaverbrook
- 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
Word Origin and History for non-continuous
1640s, from French continueus or directly from Latin continuus "uninterrupted, hanging together" (see continue). Related: Continuously.
- Uninterrupted in time, sequence, substance, or extent.
- Attached together in repeated units.
- 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.