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

Choose the Right Synonym for continuous

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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Relentless and continuous effort makes financial security a reality. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 17, 2019: Sagittarius, call on friends for financial advice; Virgo, remain diplomatic," 17 June 2019 The company’s top priority is enhancing pipeline safety, and that is a continuous, ongoing effort that guides all of our actions. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 The gradation of color in a rainbow is continuous — there are no stripes. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About Rainbows," 22 Apr. 2019 Director Karole Armitage’s choreographic expertise showed in the dance-like movements of the characters, their interaction with the films, and the continuous flow of the 90-minute opera. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Schoenberg in Hollywood’ Review: Grandiose Fantasy," 20 Nov. 2018 The highest continuous paved road in the U.S. opened at noon on Wednesday but drivers are cautioned to exercise extra care. John Meyer, The Know, "Rocky Mountain National Park’s scenic Trail Ridge Road finally opens," 5 June 2019 Panda Express offers a competitive base pay, bonuses and paid time off; health and wellness benefits; stock options and savings; continuous learning fund; and more. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Panda Express to hold hiring fair," 31 May 2019 The garments in this collection are in continuous flux, and create an individualized experience and connection. Vogue, "19 FIT, Pratt, and Parsons 2019 Graduates on Their Collections and the Future of Fashion," 22 May 2019 That continuous mapping created a 3D image of the cathedral that Tallon once said was accurate to within five millimeters. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Rebuilding History: How 21st-Century Tech Can Save Medieval Notre Dame," 16 Apr. 2019

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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

Other Words from continuous

continuously adverb

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