|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|
continuous con·tin·u·ous (kən-tĭn'yōō-əs)
Uninterrupted in time, sequence, substance, or extent.
Attached together in repeated units.
|continuous (kən-tĭn'y-əs) Pronunciation Key