dis·​con·​tin·​u·​ous | \ ˌdis-kən-ˈtin-yə-wəs How to pronounce discontinuous (audio) , -yü-əs \

Definition of discontinuous

1a(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

Other Words from discontinuous

discontinuously adverb

Examples of discontinuous in a Sentence

a discontinuous series of events the novel captures the discontinuous nature of a soldier's life: long stretches of boredom interrupted by flashes of chaos and panic
Recent Examples on the Web The permafrost around Fairbanks is discontinuous; jagged pieces of it finger north-facing slopes and enfold the low-lying valleys. Lois Parshley, Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2022 To leave the cave is to become educated about the true character of the beings experienced within it, not to discover a radically discontinuous world or reality. Damon Linker, The Week, 8 Feb. 2022 This episode consists of discontinuous flashes and pockets of incomplete story that together make a rending portrait of the peculiar two-month period Kirsten spent with the Chaudhary brothers. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 30 Dec. 2021 He was captivated by the arrival of a completely discontinuous force in the world. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2021 The stress of discontinuous environments experienced by entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders in crisis all require a level of equanimity in order to maintain resilience. Brad Cousins, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 All deal with an unknown future against a backdrop of disruptive and discontinuous operating environments. Brad Cousins, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 To those who want to portray Trump as wholly exceptional, and discontinuous with the recent past, the book is an essential corrective. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 The past three presidencies have been jarringly discontinuous in style, temperament, and policy. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 19 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of discontinuous

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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“Discontinuous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discontinuous. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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