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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Already the department has started the continuous evaluation process for about 1.1 million employees, and since January, 58 workers have had their security clearances revoked. Washington Post, "Pentagon to take over security clearance checks," 4 June 2018 Maarib al-Hishmawi’s parents, Abdulah Fahmi Kala al-Hishmawi, 34, and Hamdiyah Sabah al-Hishmawi, 33, were released on $30,000 bonds Sunday after being arrested on felony charges of continuous family violence. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, "Records: San Antonio teen who refused arranged marriage endured nearly daily beatings," 26 Mar. 2018 The parents face charges of continuous violence against a family member. Fox News, "Texas teen was beaten, had hot cooking oil poured on her after refusing arranged marriage: police," 25 Mar. 2018 Our understanding of microbiomes has made great advances in the 21st century thanks in part to the large and continuous volume of data generated by advances in DNA extraction, genetic sequencing and computing technologies. Helen Bynum, WSJ, "‘Microbia’ Review: The Many Tiny Worlds Among Us," 12 July 2018 To make sure dough doesn’t stick, have flour standing by for continuous dusting of board and the dough, if needed. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Ciao Ristorante is Italian food with the ultimate Sicilian twist," 3 July 2018 The mission began in 2010, with a brief initial burst of data collection, before starting continuous operations in 2013. Alexandra Witze, Scientific American, "Asteroid Battle: Tech Entrepreneur Doubles Down on Critique of NASA Mission," 18 June 2018 Airmen expressed astonishment over the fact that Lindbergh, facing 17 hours of continuous night and day flying, spent 30 minutes engaged in mimic air battle with naval aviators. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 11, 1927: Lindbergh winging his way from San Diego to Paris," 11 May 2018 The development of the overall system uses an iterative approach and is based on early testing and continuous optimization. Houston Chronicle, "Cyberattack hits data systems of at least 4 gas networks," 4 Apr. 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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