continuous

adjective
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

Choose the Right Synonym for continuous

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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On Tuesday, in a historic moment for the Japanese monarchy, 85-year-old Emperor Akihito became the first ruler in 200 years to abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne—the oldest continuous monarchy in the world—to his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Secret Story Behind a Never-Before-Seen Portrait of Emperor Akihito," 2 May 2019 Achieving peace is a continuous journey many of us are on. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "20 Quotes About Peace That Will Inspire Tranquility in Your Life," 12 Apr. 2019 The nominee should have at least five years of continuous service, and more than one volunteer activity may be listed. kansascity, "Johnson County briefs: Olathe Live! returns with concert from The Pic and Bow | The Kansas City Star," 19 Feb. 2018 In contrast, the various mechanisms involved in long-term contraception are designed to make your body less hospitable to pregnancy in a continuous, less fallible way. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "Here's How Emergency Contraception Actually Works," 1 Apr. 2019 Six production lines run on a continuous basis, about 18.5 to 19 hours a day. Thomas Gnau, ajc, "Ohio factory produces a billion Slim Jims a year," 10 June 2018 Much of the challenge comes from the fact that it’s technically two separate core moves—a V-up and then a V-up twist—combined into one continuous motion. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Entire Core With This Stability Ball Exercise From Celebrity Trainer Astrid Swan," 10 Apr. 2019 The Blackhawk has been in continuous service since the early 1980s, and although it's had a successful tenure, the Army decided now is the time for something new. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "First Flight of the SB-1 Defiant, a Potential Blackhawk Helicopter Replacement," 26 Mar. 2019 Their three-year romance included liberal helpings of drama: public feuds with Tyga's baby mama (who later had a baby with Kylie's brother, Rob Kardashian), continuous pregnancy rumors, and multiple messy public breakups. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About All of Kylie Jenner's Ex-Boyfriends," 20 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce continuous (audio) \

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 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

Other Words from continuous

continuously adverb

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