discontinuous

adjective dis·con·tin·u·ous \ ˌdis-kən-ˈtin-yə-wəs , -yü-əs \
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018

Definition of discontinuous

1 a (1) : not continuous
  • a discontinuous series of events
(2) : not continued : discrete
  • discontinuous features of terrain
b : lacking sequence or coherence
2 : having one or more mathematical discontinuities used of a variable or a function

discontinuously

adverb

Examples of discontinuous in a Sentence

  1. a discontinuous series of events

  2. the novel captures the discontinuous nature of a soldier's life: long stretches of boredom interrupted by flashes of chaos and panic

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First Known Use of discontinuous

1718

in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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DISCONTINUOUS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of discontinuous for English Language Learners

  • : not continuous : having interruptions or gaps



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