adjective \kən-ˈtin-yü-əs\

: continuing without stopping : happening or existing without a break or interruption

Full Definition of CONTINUOUS

:  marked by uninterrupted extension in space, time, or sequence
of a function :  having the property that the absolute value of the numerical difference between the value at a given point and the value at any point in a neighborhood of the given point can be made as close to zero as desired by choosing the neighborhood small enough
con·tin·u·ous·ly adverb
con·tin·u·ous·ness noun

Examples of CONTINUOUS

  1. The album is divided into different tracks, but it is really one continuous song.
  2. a continuous line of traffic
  3. The batteries provide enough power for up to five hours of continuous use.
  4. The phrases am seeing, had been seeing, and is being seen are all in continuous tenses.


Latin continuus, from continēre to hold together — more at contain
First Known Use: 1673


adjective \kən-ˈtin-yə-wəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CONTINUOUS

: marked by uninterrupted extension in space, time, or sequence : continuing without intermission or recurring regularly after minute interruptions <continuous vitamin injections>
con·tin·u·ous·ly adverb


Next Word in the Dictionary: continuous brake
Previous Word in the Dictionary: continuo
All Words Near: continuous

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up continuous? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).