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

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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Electric flight startups are either developing hybrid battery/jet-fuel planes or banking on the continuous improvement of batteries to make their visions viable years down the road. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Orkney Islands routes are front-runners for first commercial electric flights," 18 Oct. 2018 The work is playing on a continuous loop through Aug. 19 in the Baker/Rowland Galleries of the museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things to do in Milwaukee this weekend: Summer Soulstice, Greek Fest, Cedarburg's strawberries and more," 21 June 2018 By focusing on continuous improvement and employee excellence, VEGA aims to promote from within. Jessica Levy, Cincinnati.com, "VEGA Americas promotes continuous improvement," 8 June 2018 But that dependability is the result of 60 years of continuous improvement of solid-state silicon transistors. The Economist, "Computer scienceMaking quantum computers reliable," 22 Feb. 2018 Dearborn is maintaining a process of continuous improvement, reinvesting the considerable profits from peddling America’s perennial best-selling vehicle into advanced engineering and features customers embrace. Car and Driver, "2018 10Best Trucks and SUVs: The Best Models in Every Segment," 30 Jan. 2018 The Voice coach added, prompting a continuous wave of cheers and clapping. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Sang With Police Officers at Her Concert and the Response Was So Powerful," 23 Feb. 2019 Linking those interior lanes will enable WSDOT to pursue its vision of a continuous 40-mile suburban crescent of express toll lanes, from Lynnwood to Puyallup. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Renton’s freeway carpool lanes make a $197 million connection this week," 19 Feb. 2019 But none of these incidents has appeared to be as deliberate or as coordinated as the continuous drone activity at Gatwick, now spanning over 24 hours. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "I’ll be drone for Christmas: London airport closed for day by drone harassment," 20 Dec. 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 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

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