con·​ti·​nu·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän-tə-ˈnü-ə-tē, -ˈnyü-\
plural continuities

Definition of continuity

1a : uninterrupted connection, succession, or union … its disregard of the continuity between means and ends …— Sidney Hook
b : uninterrupted duration or continuation especially without essential change the continuity of the company's management
2 : something that has, exhibits, or provides continuity: such as
a : a script or scenario in the performing arts
b : transitional spoken or musical matter especially for a radio or television program
c : the story and dialogue of a comic strip
3 : the property of being mathematically continuous

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Examples of continuity in a Sentence

The art historian is studying the continuities between the painter's works and those of her followers. There's a problem with the movie's continuity.

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The private sector may be the way to keep some continuity in human space exploration. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America Is About to Take Back Human Spaceflight, and It's a Lot More Than Just Flag-Waving," 4 Jan. 2019 For that reason, there has been surprising continuity between Republican and Democratic administrations. Cass R. Sunstein, WSJ, "A Quiet Revolution Has Given the U.S. Smarter Regulations," 21 Oct. 2018 The whole unit is supported by a metal beam that wraps around the pack’s periphery, creating a continuity between the back panel and hipbelt. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 What’s more, like with most aspects of Swift’s image, there’s a continuity in her beauty choices that radiates authenticity., "You Have To See Taylor Swift's Beauty Evolution," 12 June 2018 The offense has been a bit off, and the Spurs could use some continuity in that department. Staff Report, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ Roundtable: Momentum into All-Star break draws discussion," 9 Feb. 2018 Since Dior’s death in 1957, six succeeding couturiers, in unbroken continuity, have evolved his historic House, reimagining and reinvigorating its founder’s iconic silhouettes. WSJ, "‘Dior: From Paris to the World’ Review: Timelessly Elegant, Yet Avant-Garde," 27 Nov. 2018 Burbank and Burroughs voted against the biggest challenge to league continuity in 2013 when Crescenta Valley’s bid to leave the Pacific League and join the Rio Hondo League was shot down. Andrew J. Campa,, "Bertram, Madrigal to represent Burbank, Burroughs in Pacific League," 27 June 2018 But the Rams would rather swing big than settle for taking baby steps while banking primarily on continuity. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Rams betting stars will align despite adding so many big personalities to roster," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of continuity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for continuity

see continuous

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English Language Learners Definition of continuity

: the quality of something that does not stop or change as time passes : a continuous quality

: something that is the same or similar in two or more things and provides a connection between them

: the arrangement of the parts in a story, movie, etc., in a way that is logical


con·​ti·​nu·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän-tə-ˈnü-ə-tē, -ˈnyü-\
plural continuities

Kids Definition of continuity

: the quality or state of going on without stop the continuity of care


con·​ti·​nu·​ity | \ ˌkänt-ᵊn-ˈ(y)ü-ət-ē \
plural continuities

Medical Definition of continuity

: uninterrupted connection, succession, or union

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to gather or build up little by little

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