Simple Definition of continuum
: a range or series of things that are slightly different from each other and that exist between two different possibilities
Full Definition of continuum
plural continua play \-yü-ə\ also continuums
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 in a sentence
His motives for volunteering lie somewhere on the continuum between charitable and self-serving.
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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