continuum

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noun con·tin·u·um \kən-ˈtin-yü-əm\

Definition of continuum

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continua

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continuums

  1. 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. 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

  1. His motives for volunteering lie somewhere on the continuum between charitable and self-serving.

  2. a continuum of temperatures ranging from very cold to very hot

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Origin and Etymology of continuum

Latin, neuter of continuus —see continuous


CONTINUUM Defined for English Language Learners

continuum

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Definition of continuum for English Language Learners

  • : a range or series of things that are slightly different from each other and that exist between two different possibilities


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