adjective Etymology: Latin continuus, from continēre to hold together — more at contain Date: 1673 1. marked by uninterrupted extension in space, time, or sequence 2. of a function having the property that the absolute value of the numerical difference between the value at a given point and the value at any point in a neighborhood of the given point can be made as close to zero as desired by choosing the neighborhood small enough Synonyms: see continualcontinuously adverbcontinuousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • continuous — [kən tin′yo͞o əs] adj. [L continuus: see CONTINUE] 1. going on or extending without interruption or break; unbroken; connected 2. Math. designating a function whose value at each point is closely approached by its values at neighboring points SYN …   English World dictionary

  • continuous — continual, continuous 1. Continual is the older word (14c), and once had all the meanings it now (since the mid 19c) shares with continuous (17c). Fowler (1926) expressed the current distinction somewhat cryptically as follows: ‘That is al which… …   Modern English usage

  • continuous — [[t]kəntɪ̱njuəs[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n A continuous process or event continues for a period of time without stopping. Residents report that they heard continuous gunfire. ...all employees who had a record of five years continuous employment with… …   English dictionary

  • continuous — con|tin|u|ous W3S2 [kənˈtınjuəs] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: continuus, from continere; CONTAIN] 1.) continuing to happen or exist without stopping →↑continue ▪ continuous economic growth ▪ a continuous flow of information 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • continuous — con|tin|u|ous [ kən tınjuəs ] adjective ** 1. ) continuing without stopping or being interrupted: a continuous flow of water a continuous hum from the air conditioner 2. ) a continuous line, curve, etc. continues without a break or space 3. )… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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