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

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 While the fans of Ohio State-Michigan, Alabama-Auburn, and Oklahoma-Texas put that idea on a continuous laugh track, the ugliness of the trophy and the stupidity of it reared its ugly head again on Saturday. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2021 Sony has positioned the comedy sequel for continuous play over the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday next weekend, betting on great word-of-mouth to earn ticket sales from families of men, women and children. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 20 Nov. 2021 With the second-longest-running continuous streak of 10Best wins, BMW’s bread-and-butter sedans, coupes, convertibles, and wagons had a dynastic hold on the award for more than two decades. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2021 This pattern has persisted throughout the pandemic, trapping health-care workers in a continuous, nearly two-year-long peak of either COVID or catch-up care. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 16 Nov. 2021 Nataline Dickey, 7, of Porter, paid close attention to the tips given in the movie, especially when the narrator mentioned that there most likely will be continuous loud crying. Sue Ellen Ross,, 15 Nov. 2021 Such continuous, long-term data is critical for scientists tracking the impacts of the climate crisis. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 13 Nov. 2021 The good news is, WPA3 is designated for continuous improvement, ensuring organizations will have enhanced protection and new security controls as the threat landscape changes. Jennifer Minella, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Education should be continuous and reach across platforms and channels. Shuchi Sarkar, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021

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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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“Continuous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of continuous

: continuing without stopping : happening or existing without a break or interruption


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


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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