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Definition of "continuous" []

  • Uninterrupted in time, sequence, substance, or extent. See Synonyms at continual. (adjective)
  • Attached together in repeated units: a continuous form fed into a printer. (adjective)
  • Mathematics Of or relating to a line or curve that extends without a break or irregularity. (adjective)
  • Prolonged without interruption; unceasing (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • In an unbroken series or pattern (adjective)
  • (of a function or curve) changing gradually in value as the variable changes in value. A function f is continuous if at every value a of the independent variable the difference between f(x) and f(a) approaches zero as x approaches a (adjective)
  • (of a variable) having a continuum of possible values so that its distribution requires integration rather than summation to determine its cumulative probability (adjective)

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Use "continuous" in a sentence
  • "Ms. Stone uses the phrase "continuous partial attention" to describe complex multitasking."
  • "The term continuous tone used to describe the style of singing desired is meant literally."
  • "The social critic Linda Stone has coined the term continuous partial attention to describe the fractured way we now focus."