dis·​con·​ti·​nu·​ity (ˌ)dis-ˌkän-tə-ˈnü-ə-tē How to pronounce discontinuity (audio)
: lack of continuity or cohesion
: the property of being not mathematically continuous
a point of discontinuity
: 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 on the Web If governments do not recognize this, the world will confront some jarring discontinuities in the years ahead, including new economic and security threats that will reconfigure global politics. Jason Bordoff, Foreign Affairs, 30 Nov. 2021 The name was a play on the Mohorovičić discontinuity, or Moho, which defines the boundary between the crust and mantle. Quanta Magazine, 4 Jan. 2024 For all its jangly discontinuities, the current work (all untitled) feels newly grounded. Nancy Princenthal, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2024 During times of discontinuity, this model provides support with best practices for local boards to conduct performance reviews and evaluation of the college president. Michael Horowitz, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 See all Example Sentences for discontinuity 

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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of discontinuity was in 1570

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“Discontinuity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discontinuity. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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