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

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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 Nineteen years of continuous war zone deployments and the pressures of coronavirus lockdowns weigh heavily on America’s soldiers. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Repeat deployments and coronavirus lockdowns weigh on soldiers as Army suicides rise," 13 Oct. 2020 Plus, the Ford's steering transmits continuous vibratory static to the driver. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Ford Mustang 2.3L vs. 2021 Toyota Supra 2.0," 13 Oct. 2020 Topping that list is the Kitsch Leopard Cotton Face Mask, a set of three comfortable and stylish masks that resist overheating during continuous wear. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "The best cloth face mask," 9 Oct. 2020 For less than $25, add to your toilet and enjoy a continuous water stream at varying pressures, which can be adjusted by the P.S.P.C (Positive Stepping Pressure Control) selection dial. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "The best sales to shop this weekend: Toms, Wayfair, Roomba and more," 9 Oct. 2020 The real golden age of American comic strips began in 1929, with Hal Foster’s adaptation of Tarzan into a continuous-action adventure strip. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The Power of Telling Stories in Pictures," 8 Oct. 2020 The Lume will be exhibition company Grande Experiences' first permanent, immersive, multisensory digital art gallery in a U.S. fine art museum — and the biggest continuous exhibition space in the 137-year history of Newfields. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "1st-in-the-U.S. show at Newfields will let you experience a painting with all your senses," 7 Oct. 2020 The report found that a paltry 9 percent of those who were subjected to five or more instances of involuntary treatment were then being connected to continuous care. Carolyn D. Gorman, National Review, "California Takes a Real Step Toward Helping the Mentally Ill," 4 Sep. 2020 Bonsai are delicate trees that require continuous and expert care. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Two Stolen Bonsai Trees ‘Mysteriously’ Returned to Washington State Museum," 12 Feb. 2020

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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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19 Oct 2020

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“Continuous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/continuous. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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continuous

adjective
How to pronounce continuous (audio)

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 stopping 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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continuously adverb

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