# continuous

[ kuhn-tin-yoo-uhs ]

/ kənˈtɪn yu əs /

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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. 8).

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## Origin of continuous

First recorded in 1635–45; from Latin continuus “uninterrupted,” equivalent to contin(ēre) “to hold together, retain” (con- con- + -tinēre, combining form of tenēre “to hold”; cf. contain) + -uus adjective suffix; cf. -ous, contiguous

## words often confused with continuous

See continual.

## OTHER WORDS FROM continuous

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## British Dictionary definitions for continuous

continuous

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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)

## Derived forms of continuous

continuously, adverbcontinuousness, noun## Word Origin for continuous

C17: from Latin continuus, from continēre to hold together, contain

## usage for continuous

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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## Scientific definitions for continuous

continuous

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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.

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