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 Highway cameras monitoring traffic conditions in Florida operate on a continuous loop, quickly overwriting old material. Megan O'matz, sun-sentinel.com, "Cameras on I-95 erase evidence, let shooters go free," 31 Dec. 2020 At the entrance to the Tashir shopping gallery in the heart of Yerevan, video screens play state-media broadcasts on a continuous loop, while billboards display pictures of soldiers in scenes of battle. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Around Nagorno-Karabakh, an all-out media war unfolds," 10 Nov. 2020 An earlier tweet, that has since been deleted, shared a phone number that played Trump campaign speeches on a continuous loop, the New York Post reported. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Trump vows to continue legal battle," 6 Nov. 2020 Lone Oaks Drive, is computerized and runs on a continuous loop, repeating every 15 to 20 minutes. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These Milwaukee-area homes go all out for Halloween," 27 Oct. 2020 She's installed a digital picture frame in the living room and runs photos of him on a continuous loop. Freep.com, "In darkness of pandemic, Wyandotte man's drug addiction got worse — and then deadly," 25 Oct. 2020 Aptly named Times Square, the installation emits a steady low drone that plays on a continuous loop 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "Eight Works of Art Hiding in New York City," 22 Sep. 2020 The stove's saddle valve securing bolt may be overtightened, possibly damaging the O-ring seal and causing a continuous gas leak. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for January 14-21," 22 Jan. 2021 In his remarks, Schäfer alluded to continuous discussions about the scope of AMG's independent engineering work. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "Mercedes-Benz EQ Lineup Will Be Enhanced by AMG Models," 21 Jan. 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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10 Feb 2021

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“Continuous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/continuous. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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