continuous (kənˈtɪnjʊəs)  
—adj  
1.  prolonged without interruption; unceasing: a continuous noise 
2.  in an unbroken series or pattern 
3.  maths Compare discontinuous See also limit (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 a 
4.  statistics Compare discrete (of a variable) having a continuum of possible values so that its distribution requires integration rather than summation to determine its cumulative probability 
5.  grammar another word for progressive 
[C17: from Latin continuus, from continēre to hold together,  
usage 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  
con'tinuously  
—adv  
con'tinuousness  
—n 
continuous con·tin·u·ous (kəntĭn'yōōəs)
adj.
Uninterrupted in time, sequence, substance, or extent.
Attached together in repeated units.
continuous (kəntĭn'yəs) Pronunciation Key
