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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Recent Examples on the Web Shot in one continuous take, the film won the Coup de Coeur prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. cleveland, "Cash Cab’s Ben Bailey and 10 more things to do in Cleveland this weekend, Jan. 25-26," 25 Jan. 2020 Our work to address both measures is continuous and the pace of change is likely to vary from year to year. BostonGlobe.com, "WBZ radio personalities caught up in iHeartMedia layoffs," 15 Jan. 2020 An interesting parallel: The last movie to win Best Picture without an Best Editing nomination was Birdman, which, like 1917 — which didn’t get a Best Editing nod, either — was edited to look like it was filmed in one continuous take. David Canfield, EW.com, "EW's awards experts debate the 2020 Oscar nominations," 13 Jan. 2020 Seemingly filmed in one continuous take, the 117-minute epic has garnered accolades for its cinematography and innovative approach to a potentially formulaic genre. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The True History Behind the ‘1917’ Movie," 20 Dec. 2019 That’s immediately followed by a second: A sloppy, brutal, three-minute fight between Ronny and Barry in one continuous take. Los Angeles Times, "How did that jaw-dropping ‘Barry’ episode come together?," 14 Aug. 2019 Under the new contract, the automaker is required to convert temps that have three years of continuous service to full-time regular employees. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM to shift hundreds more temporary workers to full-time," 15 Jan. 2020 The seamless editing flows as one continuous, real-time take. Editors, USA TODAY, "Australian wildfires, wolf moon, '1917' premieres nationwide: 5 things to know Friday," 11 Jan. 2020 Based on these findings, some companies are now offering language training that is continuous, tailored, and embedded in worker roles. Katie Nielson, Quartz, "The US has a skills gap problem—and it’s ignoring its most obvious solution," 10 Jan. 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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“Continuous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/continuous?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=contin19. Accessed 18 Feb. 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

Other Words from continuous

continuously adverb

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