discontinuity

noun
dis·​con·​ti·​nu·​ity | \ (ˌ)dis-ˌkän-tə-ˈnü-ə-tē How to pronounce discontinuity (audio) , -ˈnyü- \

Definition of discontinuity

1 : lack of continuity or cohesion
3a : the property of being not mathematically continuous a point of discontinuity
b : an instance of being not mathematically continuous especially : a value of an independent variable at which a function is not continuous

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of discontinuity in a Sentence

There is a sense of discontinuity between the book's chapters. microscopic discontinuities in the connecting wires
Recent Examples on the Web Is there any discontinuity between being deeply religious in a place like Harvard? Oliver Staley, Quartz, "A previously unpublished interview with Clayton Christensen about business, God, and Star Wars," 25 Jan. 2020 At this degree of sensitivity, fingertips can find discontinuities the mind may not be able to brook. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "The Unbearable Softness of Engineered Fabrics," 21 Jan. 2020 Michel Foucault believed that notions of rupture or discontinuity would eventually displace conventional themes of linear progress. Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, "Why Historical Analogy Matters," 7 Jan. 2020 Given the scandal wiped more than 40% off the bank’s shares this year and triggered the exit of the previous CEO, discontinuity wouldn’t have hurt. Washington Post, "Picking a Bank CEO in Europe. How Hard Can it Be?," 2 Sep. 2019 Disruption and discontinuity in European history were therefore guaranteed. K.n.c., The Economist, "The radical politics of futurists and fascists—and us, here, today," 19 July 2019 These waves can reflect off sharp discontinuities in particle concentrations and interfere with themselves and one another, creating a chaotic-looking geography. Carolyn Porco, Scientific American, "Cassini at Saturn: A Retrospective," 1 Oct. 2017 That has led to a false discontinuity in the broader view of black freedom struggles. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "When the Revolution Was Televised," 1 Apr. 2018 There is a discontinuity with the governance and (CONI) gave them a full mandate. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Italian Olympic committee name commissioner for troubled FIGC," 1 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'discontinuity.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of discontinuity

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about discontinuity

Time Traveler for discontinuity

Time Traveler

The first known use of discontinuity was in 1570

See more words from the same year

Statistics for discontinuity

Last Updated

11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Discontinuity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discontinuity. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for discontinuity

discontinuity

noun
How to pronounce discontinuity (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of discontinuity

: the quality or state of not being continuous : lack of continuity
: a change or break in a process

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on discontinuity

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for discontinuity

Spanish Central: Translation of discontinuity

Nglish: Translation of discontinuity for Spanish Speakers

Comments on discontinuity

What made you want to look up discontinuity? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!