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adjective con·tin·u·ous \ kən-ˈtin-yü-əs \

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

continuously

adverb

continuousness

noun

Examples of continuous in a Sentence

  1. The album is divided into different tracks, but it is really one continuous song.

  2. a continuous line of traffic

  3. The batteries provide enough power for up to five hours of continuous use.

  4. The phrases am seeing, had been seeing, and is being seen are all in continuous tenses.

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Origin and Etymology of continuous

Latin continuus, from continēre to hold together — more at contain

Synonym Discussion of 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

CONTINUOUS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of continuous for English Language Learners

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


CONTINUOUS Defined for Kids

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adjective con·tin·u·ous \ kən-ˈtin-yə-wəs \

Definition of continuous for Students

:going on without stop
  • a continuous line of traffic

continuously

adverb

Medical Dictionary

continuous

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adjective con·tin·u·ous \ kən-ˈtin-yə-wəs \

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

continuously

adverb


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