con·​tin·​u·​um | \ kən-ˈtin-yü-əm How to pronounce continuum (audio) \
plural continua\ kən-​ˈtin-​yü-​ə How to pronounce continuum (audio) \ also continuums

Definition of continuum

1 : a coherent whole characterized as a collection, sequence, or progression of values or elements varying by minute degrees "good" and "bad" … stand at opposite ends of a continuum instead of describing the two halves of a line— Wayne Shumaker
2 : the set of real numbers including both the rationals and the irrationals broadly : a compact set which cannot be separated into two sets neither of which contains a limit point of the other

Examples of continuum in a Sentence

His motives for volunteering lie somewhere on the continuum between charitable and self-serving. a continuum of temperatures ranging from very cold to very hot
Recent Examples on the Web There is a continuum of mental health supports for kids in schools, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center pediatric psychologist Aria Fiat said. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 19 Apr. 2022 There is a continuum of mental health supports for kids in schools, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center pediatric psychologist Aria Fiat said. Madeline Mitchell, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2022 Her view—consciousness is probably a continuum and right now, today’s most advanced machine learning systems are something akin to plants. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 1 Mar. 2022 The genesis of Impermanent Conditions, a monumental mirror work Obsidian Grotto, handwrought from shells, carved obsidian, and mixed media, is a continuum of the Renwick comet. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 11 June 2021 For his part, De León wants to the city to become its own continuum of care, which is a federal designation that is used to distribute money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2022 Each song weaves seamlessly into the next, creating a bright, magnetic continuum that you’d be disappointed to leave. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 Greene’s work is part of a long, ongoing continuum of academic study of race, copyright, and music alongside scholars across disciplines like Lateef Mtima, Rob Bruneis, Olufunmilayo Arewa, Anjali Vats, and Matt Stahl. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 5 Mar. 2022 To be sure, there have been technological advances through the ages, and some of them have brought dramatic changes to the battlefield, but they were always understood within the continuum of history. John F. Schmitt, National Review, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of continuum

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for continuum

borrowed from Medieval Latin, noun derivative from neuter of Latin continuus continuous

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19 May 2022

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“Continuum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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