Discontinuous
Discontinuous Dis`con*tin"u*ous, a. 1. Not continuous; interrupted; broken off. [1913 Webster]

A path that is zigzag, discontinuous, and intersected at every turn by human negligence. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

2. Exhibiting a dissolution of continuity; gaping. ``Discontinuous wound.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Discontinuous function} (Math.), a function which for certain values or between certain values of the variable does not vary continuously as the variable increases. The discontinuity may, for example, consist of an abrupt change in the value of the function, or an abrupt change in its law of variation, or the function may become imaginary. [1913 Webster]


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