con·​tin·​u·​ous | \ kən-ˈtin-yü-əs How to pronounce continuous (audio) \

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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Last week, Google announced that continuous scrolling is coming to Search. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 17 Oct. 2021 Patients who are septic need close and continuous monitoring of their vital signs to maintain normal levels of oxygen in their bloodstream to reduce the risk of septic shock. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 16 Oct. 2021 James Woodall, former head of the Georgia NAACP, said a continuous spotlight on the case by Arbery’s family and state and local organizers contributed to charges finally being brought more than two months after Arbery was killed. Shaddi Abusaid, ajc, 15 Oct. 2021 And what better pick than the Casper Wave Hybrid, a medium-firm mattress that utilizes a continuous support system made up of 86 gel pods and 3D foam that molds to your body? Katie Simpson,, 3 Sep. 2021 Kurabayashi said that this hampers the UT Dallas team’s ability to call this technology a continuous monitoring system. Dallas News, 16 July 2021 Connected devices and data will allow for a more continuous, participatory, predictive health system, improving quality of life for these patients. Brian Williams, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Adults can ride the zipline canopy tour, which includes eight ziplines, a swinging sky bridge and treetop towers up to 60 feet all while being attached to a continuous belay system. Hannah Drown, cleveland, 9 June 2021 Nelson said the school focused on highlighting its work on continuous improvement in its application for the award after being nominated this spring. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2021

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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, retain, restrain, have as contents" + -uus, deverbal adjective suffix) + -ous — more at contain

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The first known use of continuous was in 1673

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“Continuous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of continuous

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


con·​tin·​u·​ous | \ kən-ˈtin-yə-wəs How to pronounce continuous (audio) \

Kids Definition of continuous

: going on without stopping a continuous line of traffic

Other Words from continuous

continuously adverb


con·​tin·​u·​ous | \ kən-ˈtin-yə-wəs How to pronounce continuous (audio) \

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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