continuum


con·tin·u·um

noun \kən-ˈtin-yü-əm\

: a range or series of things that are slightly different from each other and that exist between two different possibilities

plural con·tin·ua \-yü-ə\ also con·tin·u·ums

Full Definition of CONTINUUM

1
:  a coherent whole characterized as a collection, sequence, or progression of values or elements varying by minute degrees <“good” and “bad”…stand at opposite ends of a continuum instead of describing the two halves of a line — Wayne Shumaker>
2
:  the set of real numbers including both the rationals and the irrationals; broadly :  a compact set which cannot be separated into two sets neither of which contains a limit point of the other

Examples of CONTINUUM

  1. His motives for volunteering lie somewhere on the continuum between charitable and self-serving.
  2. a continuum of temperatures ranging from very cold to very hot

Origin of CONTINUUM

Latin, neuter of continuus
First Known Use: 1646

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