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 Wheel of Fortune reminds us that the only constant in our lives is change. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, 5 Sep. 2021 Everywhere, harassment of women in workplaces and in public is a constant, as is psychological abuse, according to recent studies. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2021 Flood fatalities are a constant in the border town. Clara Migoya, The Arizona Republic, 31 Aug. 2021 The only constant was email, and the thief took advantage. Reeves Wiedeman, Vulture, 17 Aug. 2021 Two unusually close friends share every aspect of their lives together but as their own worlds change and evolve, their bond remains the only constant. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 11 July 2021 Across town at Orr Middle School, empty desks are constant reminders of classmates who have vanished. Carter Evans, CBS News, 25 Aug. 2021 This time period -- when change seemed to be the only constant in LGBTQ history -- inspires the transgender icon not only in her choices for this collection, but in her music and art, as well. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 20 Aug. 2021 Guy’s inconsequentiality in a realm where surreal mass murder is the only constant. Chris Lee, Vulture, 16 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Though the band would pause on several occasions, and reunite with different lineups, Bushy was a constant. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 30 Aug. 2021 Often that’s not the case with minor parts, where your job is to be a constant so the major players can change and adapt and grow. New York Times, 26 Aug. 2021 Cameron Malveaux was a constant in the backfield on the Jags’ opening drive. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 15 Aug. 2021 Starting as a reporter at his school newspaper, The Nexus, Si has covered education, politics and authored opinion pieces, but humor remains a constant. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 July 2021 Although the show stopping presentations for Spring were all about color and print, minimalism remains a constant. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 One constant is that the health benefits of breastfeeding for infants, children and mothers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a key strategy to improve public health. Patty Sipala, sun-sentinel.com, 12 Aug. 2021 The one constant is that the fish are chrome-bright with beautiful red flesh. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Aug. 2021 While the shoreline may be forever changed due to the wrath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, one constant has been Lucy the Elephant. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'constant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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“Constant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constant. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for constant

constant

adjective

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
: always loyal

constant

noun

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

: something that stays the same : something that does not change
: 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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