Definition of discontinuity
1 : lack of continuity or cohesion
2 : gap 5
3a : the property of being not mathematically continuous a point of discontinuityb : an instance of being not mathematically continuous; especially : a value of an independent variable at which a function is not continuous
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 of discontinuity from the Web
The author elects to tell the story in first person present tense, a choice that adds a choppy, staccato feel to things and also underlines some of the narrative discontinuities that creep into the text along the way.
The symbiotic relationship between these technology sectors leads to a major economic discontinuity right around 1995, generally attributed to the explosive growth of the Internet.
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First Known Use of discontinuity
DISCONTINUITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of discontinuity for English Language Learners
: the quality or state of not being continuous : lack of continuity
: a change or break in a process
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