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continuous

[kuh n-tin-yoo-uh s] /kənˈtɪn yu əs/
adjective
1.
uninterrupted in time; without cessation:
continuous coughing during the concert.
2.
being in immediate connection or spatial relationship:
a continuous series of blasts; a continuous row of warehouses.
3.
Grammar, progressive (def 7).
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin continuus uninterrupted, equivalent to contin(ēre) to hold together, retain (con- con- + -tinēre, combining form of tenēre to hold; cf. contain) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; cf. -ous, contiguous
Related forms
continuously, adverb
continuousness, noun
noncontinuous, adjective
noncontinuously, adverb
noncontinuousness, noun
quasi-continuous, adjective
quasi-continuously, adverb
semicontinuous, adjective
semicontinuously, adverb
uncontinuous, adjective
uncontinuously, adverb
Can be confused
continual, continuous, intermittent (see usage note at continual)
Usage note
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British Dictionary definitions for continuousness

continuous

/kənˈtɪnjʊəs/
adjective
1.
prolonged without interruption; unceasing: a continuous noise
2.
in an unbroken series or pattern
3.
(maths) (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 Compare discontinuous (sense 2) See also limit (sense 5)
4.
(statistics) (of a variable) having a continuum of possible values so that its distribution requires integration rather than summation to determine its cumulative probability Compare discrete (sense 3)
5.
(grammar) another word for progressive (sense 8)
Derived Forms
continuously, adverb
continuousness, noun
Usage note
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
Word Origin
C17: from Latin continuus, from continēre to hold together, contain
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Word Origin and History for continuousness

continuous

adj.

1640s, from French continueus or directly from Latin continuus "uninterrupted, hanging together" (see continue). Related: Continuously.

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continuousness in Medicine

continuous con·tin·u·ous (kən-tĭn'yōō-əs)
adj.

  1. Uninterrupted in time, sequence, substance, or extent.

  2. Attached together in repeated units.

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continuousness in Science
continuous
  (kən-tĭn'y-əs)   
  1. Relating to a line or curve that extends without a break or irregularity.

  2. A function in which changes, however small, to any x-value result in small changes to the corresponding y-value, without sudden jumps. Technically, a function is continuous at the point c if it meets the following condition: for any positive number ε, however small, there exists a positive number δ such that for all x within the distance δ from c, the value of f(x) will be within the distance ε from f(c). Polynomials, exponential functions, and trigonometric functions are examples of continuous functions.


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