[kuh n-tin-yoo-uh s]
/kənˈtɪn yu əs/

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 of continuous

1635-1645

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

Usage note

See continual.

British Dictionary definitions for quasicontinuous

/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.

Derived Forms

continuously, adverb

continuousness, noun

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

Word Origin and History for quasicontinuous

adj.

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

quasicontinuous in Medicine

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

Uninterrupted in time, sequence, substance, or extent.

Attached together in repeated units.

quasicontinuous in Science

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Scrabble
Words With Friends

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