uninterrupted in time; without cessation: continuous coughing during the concert.
being in immediate connection or spatial relationship: a continuous series of blasts; a continuous row of warehouses.
Grammar, progressive ( def 7 ).

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

continuously, adverb
continuousness, noun
noncontinuous, adjective
noncontinuously, adverb
noncontinuousness, noun
quasi-continuous, adjective
quasi-continuously, adverb
semicontinuous, adjective
semicontinuously, adverb
uncontinuous, adjective
uncontinuously, adverb

continual, continuous, intermittent (see usage note at continual).

See continual.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To quasicontinuous
World English Dictionary
continuous (kənˈtɪnjʊəs)
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, contain]
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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1670s, from L. continuus "uninterrupted, hanging together" (see continue). Related: Continuously (1670s).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

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

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

  2. Attached together in repeated units.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
continuous   (kən-tĭn'y-əs)  Pronunciation Key 
  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.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature