constant

adjective
con·​stant | \ ˈkän(t)-stənt How to pronounce constant (audio) \

Definition of constant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : marked by firm steadfast resolution or faithfulness : exhibiting constancy of mind or attachment a constant friend
2 : invariable, uniform a constant flow should be stored at a constant temperature
3 : continually occurring or recurring : regular a constant annoyance suffers from constant headaches

constant

noun

Definition of constant (Entry 2 of 2)

: something invariable or unchanging: such as
a : a number that has a fixed value in a given situation or universally or that is characteristic of some substance or instrument
b : a number that is assumed not to change value in a given mathematical discussion
c : a term in logic with a fixed designation
d : something or someone that is reliably present or available My parents put in me in piano lessons when I was really young, so music has always been a constant in my life.— Mélat He's my constant for when I seek guidance both on a professional and personal front.— Gautam Mehra

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Adjective

faithful, loyal, constant, staunch, steadfast, resolute mean firm in adherence to whatever one owes allegiance. faithful implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted. faithful to her promise loyal implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray. remained loyal to the czar constant stresses continuing firmness of emotional attachment without necessarily implying strict obedience to promises or vows. constant friends staunch suggests fortitude and resolution in adherence and imperviousness to influences that would weaken it. a staunch defender of free speech steadfast implies a steady and unwavering course in love, allegiance, or conviction. steadfast in their support resolute implies firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose. a resolute ally

continual, continuous, constant, incessant, perpetual, perennial mean characterized by continued occurrence or recurrence. continual often implies a close prolonged succession or recurrence. continual showers the whole weekend continuous usually implies an uninterrupted flow or spatial extension. football's oldest continuous rivalry constant implies uniform or persistent occurrence or recurrence. lived in constant pain incessant implies ceaseless or uninterrupted activity. annoyed by the incessant quarreling perpetual suggests unfailing repetition or lasting duration. a land of perpetual snowfall perennial implies enduring existence often through constant renewal. a perennial source of controversy

Examples of constant in a Sentence

Adjective He suffers from constant headaches. Her constant chatter was a nuisance. The house is in constant need of repairs. The scar serves as a constant reminder of the accident. a problem demanding constant attention The equipment should be stored at a constant temperature. He kept the car's speed constant. She has struggled to maintain a constant weight. They remained constant friends throughout their lives. Noun Her job was the one constant in her life.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Church offers a constant reminder to people of the principles that do not change and which thus are those to live by, and those which will protect us from being children of our age. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "A Conservative’s Revisionist History Aims at Marx — and Misses the Mark," 3 Sep. 2020 And for parents, the school day often provides a six-hour reprieve from constant at-home care. Kris Maher, WSJ, "In Remote Learning, Children With Disabilities Face Unique Challenges," 31 Aug. 2020 These are a constant reminder of the Woodward Fire, which is just 15 percent contained, at 3,000 acres burned — far smaller than the huge complex fires, but still upending life in many communities. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "Firefighters slowly gain control over Bay Area fires, but weather expected to worsen," 30 Aug. 2020 Jaliya’s room sits empty, a constant, unbearable reminder. Melissa Chadburn, The New York Review of Books, "‘Hansel and Gretel’ in LA County," 27 Aug. 2020 His job is a constant reminder that life has no narrative logic. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 18 Aug. 2020 This magic and simple joy an ever-changing garden can bring is a constant reminder for me, of my gratitude for our health and my hope for the future. Elizabeth Olsen, The Hollywood Reporter, "Elizabeth Olsen on How the Produce in Her Garden Reflected Her Varying Emotions During the Pandemic (Guest Column)," 15 Aug. 2020 Critics said the Market House was a constant reminder of a painful part of the country’s history and didn’t belong in Louisville — a city of 2,500 people about 50 miles southwest of Augusta where the majority of residents are Black. BostonGlobe.com, "Kentucky attorney general meets with Breonna Taylor’s family," 12 Aug. 2020 Further complicating the analysis, there are about 100 nurses dedicated to caring for one or more medically-fragile students, as in students who need constant medical care while at school. al, "Are there enough school nurses in Alabama to deal with coronavirus?," 9 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Proteins vary, cooking methods differ, and the only real constant is the idea of seafood in a tortilla. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fish tacos: The lore of a ‘San Diego’ signature dish," 9 Sep. 2020 Deputy finance minister Werner Gatzner suggested the country is in no hurry to return to a balanced budget, a constant of German life. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Why last week’s great tech sell-off should make investors wary," 8 Sep. 2020 The youngest of five siblings and an aunt to nine nephews and one niece and great aunt to 16, Anderson was a constant in their lives. Dee Depass, Star Tribune, "Robin Lynn Anderson, always quick to help, dies at age 64," 27 Aug. 2020 Only after the same quantitative value was found with very different methodologies was that value of this fundamental constant accepted as true. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: College and coronavirus, scientific truth, Enbridge Line 3," 24 Aug. 2020 But such is life on Earth where gravity is a constant. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "What’s the Best Distance to Zero A Hunting Rifle?," 19 Aug. 2020 Her love of dance and visual arts was a constant throughout her life. Terence Mcardle, Washington Post, "Marilyn Markman taught her children to find beauty in life," 15 Aug. 2020 Her ability to make connections with others has been a constant throughout her career, whether at the General Mills sales job that brought her to the Twin Cities more than a decade ago, or as a speaker, writer and on-air personality. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, "Social media campaign #sharethemicmn amplifies diverse Minnesota voices," 14 Aug. 2020 The constant in Frida’s life and her sense of purpose was rooted in her painting. Alice Driver, Longreads, "What’s Love Got to Do With It?," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of constant

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for constant

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin constant-, constans, from present participle of constare to stand firm, be consistent, from com- + stare to stand — more at stand

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The first known use of constant was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

21 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Constant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constant. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for constant

constant

adjective
How to pronounce constant (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of constant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: happening all the time or very often over a period of time
: staying the same : not changing
formal + literary : always loyal

constant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of constant (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that stays the same : something that does not change
technical : a quantity or number whose value does not change

constant

adjective
con·​stant | \ ˈkän-stənt How to pronounce constant (audio) \

Kids Definition of constant

1 : remaining steady and unchanged a constant temperature
2 : occurring continuously or following one after another constant headaches
3 : always faithful and true constant friends

Other Words from constant

constantly adverb

constant

adjective
con·​stant | \ ˈkän(t)-stənt How to pronounce constant (audio) \

Medical Definition of constant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: remaining unchanged

Other Words from constant

constantly adverb

constant

noun

Medical Definition of constant (Entry 2 of 2)

: something invariable or unchanging especially : a number that has a fixed value in a given situation or universally or that is characteristic of some substance or instrument

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