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continuous vs. line spectrum

[ kuhn-tin-yoo-uhs ]
/ kənˈtɪn yu əs /

adjective
  1. uninterrupted in time; without cessation: continuous coughing during the concert.
  2. being in immediate connection or spatial relationship: a continuous series of blasts; a continuous row of warehouses.
  3. progressive (def. 7).

noun
  1. an electromagnetic spectrum consisting of discrete lines, usually characteristic of excited atoms or molecules.

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