constant

adjective
con·stant | \ˈkän(t)-stənt \

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

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Other Words from constant

Adjective

constantly adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for constant

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

Since then, the twins have assumed a near-constant front-row perch supporting designer pals like Alexander Wang and Virgil Abloh. Kate Branch, Vogue, "This DJ Sister Act Is the Only Beauty Inspiration You Need This Summer," 12 July 2018 The resignation follows a year-and-a-half of near-constant scandal for Pruitt. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Trump drains his own swamp," 6 July 2018 And if nothing major changes by then, near-constant gridlock driven by the population boom will bog down what is already one of Texas’ most congested highway corridors. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio-Austin MPOs working to ready I-35 for population boom," 5 July 2018 Germany, that great constant of international soccer, the permanent semifinalist, has gone, to the raucous delight of Brazil and England and the more understated relief of Spain, France, Argentina and the rest. Rory Smith, New York Times, "This Is When the World Cup Surprises End. Usually.," 29 June 2018 Then one day a slight relaxation in Will and Tom's near-constant vigilance leads to their capture. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Leave No Trace' marked by brilliant performances from Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie," 28 June 2018 But for many, the lions and other large predators are a source of near-constant anxiety. Christopher Bendana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Uganda's pride: Lions test locals' patience," 27 June 2018 Riverdale stars KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse are notorious for their near-constant teasing and trolling of one another on social media. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "KJ Apa Roasts Cole Sprouse on Instagram With a Throwback Photo," 25 June 2018 Arguments on Twitter this week have been constant, with one ridiculous question under scrutiny: is England’s run to the semi-final the easiest ever? SI.com, "Detractors Calling England's Run 'Easy' Have Failed to Learn Lessons of World Cup History," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Injuries and personnel changes have been the norm for Kentucky this season, but Wenyen Gabriel is a constant on the floor down the stretch to close out games. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "3 questions facing Kentucky basketball going into Tuesday's matchup at South Carolina," 15 Jan. 2018 The rebounding and defensive tenacity have been constants. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Mixed offensive results for Bam Adebayo in summer league," 10 July 2018 And Suns owner Robert Sarver has been the one constant through an unprecedented stretch of futility for an organization that had become accustomed to success. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: NBA draft night shows Phoenix Suns moving in new direction," 21 June 2018 For the vast majority of the field, however, there was one constant through the morning rain, the radiant midday sun and the intermittent clouds of the evening. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Dustin Johnson Pulls Away in Round 2 of the U.S. Open," 15 June 2018 Since moving to Baltimore to start the 1996 season the Ravens have been one of the NFL’s most successful franchises and there has been only one constant: Ozzie Newsome. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Preston: Ozzie Newsome's final draft as Ravens general manager might usher in promising new era," 24 Apr. 2018 Perhaps pink, the flashy hot kind or the millennial constant, will become Daniels’s signature power color from this day in court forward. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Stormy Daniels Chose a Millennial Pink Power Suit for a Day in Court," 16 Apr. 2018 There have been genres that games typically follow, that’s been the one constant. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, "Marcus ‘DJ Wheat’ Graham is the John Madden of gaming," 12 Jan. 2018 While the cast changes, some constants will remain. Paul Myerberg, Detroit Free Press, "Too early college football Top 25: Michigan State 10th, Michigan 16th," 9 Jan. 2018

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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

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

Noun

see constant entry 1

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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 \

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 \

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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