continuous

adjective
con·​tin·​u·​ous | \kən-ˈtin-yü-əs \

Definition of continuous 

1 : marked by uninterrupted extension in space, time, or sequence The batteries provide enough power for up to five hours of continuous use.

2 of a function : having the property that the absolute value of the numerical difference between the value at a given point and the value at any point in a neighborhood of the given point can be made as close to zero as desired by choosing the neighborhood small enough

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Other Words from continuous

continuously adverb
continuousness noun

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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 continuous in a Sentence

The album is divided into different tracks, but it is really one continuous song. a continuous line of traffic The batteries provide enough power for up to five hours of continuous use. The phrases “am seeing,” “had been seeing,” and “is being seen” are all in continuous tenses.
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Halsey hit the red carpet for the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas wearing a dress that was basically just a continuous strand of diamond necklaces. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Wore a Bunch of Layered Necklaces as a Gown and That's It," 19 Nov. 2018 An awning can be added to either side of the trailer and the company has also added a larger en-suite bath with continuous hot water. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Aluminum trailer combines ‘30s style with modern amenities," 6 Nov. 2018 It was founded in 1945, well before NASA even existed, and is the oldest continuous rocket launch range in the United States. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Rocket Lab Chooses Wallops Island, Virginia as American Launch Site," 17 Oct. 2018 While humanity has maintained a continuous presence aboard the International Space Station since November 2000, no person has ventured beyond Earth orbit since the Apollo 17 moon mission ended in December 1972. Mike Wall, Space.com, "SpaceX Will Fly a Japanese Billionaire (and Artists, Too!) Around the Moon in 2023," 17 Sep. 2018 The max speed and continuous output allowed in Europe without a license is 25 km/h (15.5 mph) and 250W, while the US maxes out at a more generous 32 km/h (20 mph) and 750W. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Ampler Curt e-bike review: electric doesn’t have to mean big and ugly," 6 Sep. 2018 In those early months, all three hosts—now superhosts, thanks to their continuous 4.8-or-above guest rating—met with Gebbia at dinners to discuss how Airbnb was working for them. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb's Longest-Serving Hosts on the First Decade of Home-Sharing," 30 Aug. 2018 The crew’s monitoring work has been stressful, emotional and continuous. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Grieving mother orca falling behind family as she carries dead calf for a seventh day," 30 July 2018 Your continuous support of the LGBTQ+ has helped me come to love myself and feel safe. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Harry Styles Helped a Fan Come Out at His Concert: "Tina, She's Gay"," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of continuous

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for continuous

Latin continuus, from continēre to hold together — more at contain

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continuous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of continuous

: continuing without stopping : happening or existing without a break or interruption

continuous

adjective
con·​tin·​u·​ous | \kən-ˈtin-yə-wəs \

Kids Definition of continuous

: going on without stop a continuous line of traffic

Other Words from continuous

continuously adverb

continuous

adjective
con·​tin·​u·​ous | \kən-ˈtin-yə-wəs \

Medical Definition of continuous 

: marked by uninterrupted extension in space, time, or sequence : continuing without intermission or recurring regularly after minute interruptions continuous vitamin injections

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continuously adverb

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