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[kuh n-tin-yoo-uh m] /kənˈtɪn yu əm/
noun, plural continua
[kuh n-tin-yoo-uh] /kənˈtɪn yu ə/ (Show IPA)
a continuous extent, series, or whole.
  1. a set of elements such that between any two of them there is a third element.
  2. the set of all real numbers.
  3. any compact, connected set containing at least two elements.
Origin of continuum
1640-50; < Latin, noun use of neuter of continuus continuous Unabridged
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Examples from the web for continuum
  • So, you see, the real number continuum is full of holes.
  • The deficits, in other words, are not all at one end of the continuum.
  • Not even a single point will move in geometric space as it destroys the continuum of the geometric space.
  • There is a continuum of publicness and persistence and anonymity.
  • To its right the impress of the people's will weakens as the continuum nears oligarchy.
  • It spoke of a great continuum of duty, honor, and country.
  • There's bad boys, there's less bad boys-there's a continuum.
  • And at different stages in your career you are likely to be at different points on the continuum in each area.
  • Most decision making, including support of higher education, falls in between the two poles on the continuum.
  • One point that needs to be clear is that they exist on a continuum.
British Dictionary definitions for continuum


noun (pl) -tinua (-ˈtɪnjʊə), -tinuums
a continuous series or whole, no part of which is perceptibly different from the adjacent parts
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, neuter of continuuscontinuous
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Word Origin and History for continuum

1640s, from Latin continuum "a continuous thing," neuter of continuus (see continue). The plural is continua.

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