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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The continuous care and travel expenses for each comfort dog in the ministry is paid by donations from church and community members. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Downtown Trinity Lutheran Church offers 'Peace' through trained Golden Retriever," 1 July 2018 Guinness recognizes the continuous planking record as 8 hours and 1 minute. Jessie Spangler, Aurora Beacon-News, "West suburban fitness guru aims to set 2 planking records," 23 June 2018 Frameline, the world’s oldest continuous LGBTQ film festival, has long been synonymous with San Francisco’s Pride Week. David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, "Frameline offers movie feast during Pride Week," 14 June 2018 For instance, for continuous monitoring of food intake, the sensors will need to be robust enough to withstand abrasion during chewing. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "This Tiny Tooth Sensor Could Keep Track of the Food You Eat," 20 Apr. 2018 Organizations should have a permanent internal team tasked with continuous monitoring and management of crisis events and a crisis plan always at the team’s fingertips—via laptop, tablet, or smartphone. James F. Haggerty, Fortune, "Commentary: How Facebook’s Response Ignited the Cambridge Analytica Scandal," 27 Mar. 2018 The market for continuous glucose monitoring, which uses a tiny sensor underneath the skin to reduce the need for needle pricks, may grow 13 percent a year, according to Decision Resources. Naomi Kresge, Bloomberg.com, "Roche's Sinking Diabetes Unit Looks Toward a Monster for a Boost," 26 Feb. 2018 There is continuous monitoring of the EKG and blood pressure as the intensity of the exercise increases. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Putting Your Heart to the Test," 14 Feb. 2018 Elsewhere in the city, business continues as usual at a gas station that has been in continuous state of cleanup since 1990. Brian Slodysko, The Courier-Journal, "Cleanup of Pence family's failed gas stations cost Indiana taxpayers $20M," 13 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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