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Meaning of continuous by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Either via French or directly, from Latin continuus .


    • enPR: kən-tĭnʹyo͞o-əs, IPA: /kənˈtɪnjuəs/, X-SAMPA: /k@n"tInju@s/


    continuous ( not comparable )

    1. Without break, cessation, or interruption; without intervening time .
      a continuous current of electricity
    2. Without intervening space; continued; protracted; extended .
      a continuous line of railroad
    3. ( botany ) Not deviating or varying from uniformity; not interrupted; not joined or articulated .
    4. ( analysis, of a function ) Such that, for every x in the domain, for each small open interval D about f( <a href=x )" src="//upload.wikimedia.org/wiktionary/en/math/5/0/b/50bbd36e1fd2333108437a2ca378be62.png" >, there's an interval containing x whose image is in D .
    5. ( mathematics, more generally, of a function ) Such that each open set in the range has an open preimage .
      Each continuous function from the real line to the rationals is constant, since the rationals are totally disconnected .
    6. ( grammar ) Expressing an ongoing action or state .

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    See also

    1. ^ “continual/continuous”, Brians, Paul Common Errors in English Usage, ( 2nd Edition, November 17, 2008 ), William, James & Company, 304 pp., ISBN 978-1-59028207-6

Explanation of continuous by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. continuing in time or space without interruption

    2. a continuous rearrangement of electrons in the solar atoms results in the emission of light- James Jeans
      a continuous bout of illness lasting six months
      lived in continuous fear
      a continuous row of warehouses
      a continuous line has no gaps or breaks in it
    3. of a function or curve

    Definition of continuous by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Continuous a. [L. continuus, fr. continere to hold together. See Continent.]
      1. Without break, cessation, or interruption; without intervening space or time; uninterrupted; unbroken; continual; unceasing; constant; continued; protracted; extended; as, “a continuous line of railroad; a continuous current of electricity”.

      he can hear its continuous murmur. Longfellow.

      2. ( Bot. ) Not deviating or varying from uninformity; not interrupted; not joined or articulated.

      Continuous brake ( Railroad ), a brake which is attached to each car a train, and can be caused to operate in all the cars simultaneously from a point on any car or on the engine. -- Continuous impost. See Impost.

      Syn. -- Continuous, Continual. Continuous is the stronger word, and denotes that the continuity or union of parts is absolute and uninterrupted; as, a continuous sheet of ice; a continuous flow of water or of argument. So Daniel Webster speaks of “a continuous and unbroken strain of the martial airs of England.” Continual, in most cases, marks a close and unbroken succession of things, rather than absolute continuity. Thus we speak of continual showers, implying a repetition with occasional interruptions; we speak of a person as liable to continual calls, or as subject to continual applications for aid, etc. See Constant.