adjective Date: 1718 1. a. (1) not continuous <
a discontinuous series of events
(2) not continued ; discrete <
discontinuous features of terrain
b. lacking sequence or coherence 2. having one or more mathematical discontinuities — used of a variable or a functiondiscontinuously adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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