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Definition of "discontinuous" [dis•con•tin•u•ous]

  • Marked by breaks or interruptions; intermittent: discontinuous applause. (adjective)
  • Consisting of distinct or unconnected elements, such as the physical features of a landscape. (adjective)
  • Being without sequential order or coherent form. (adjective)
  • Mathematics Possessing one or more discontinuities, as a function. (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.

Use "discontinuous" in a sentence
  • "The authors have used the flowering date in a second model and that uses what I call a discontinuous function, and that would not involve solving for roots or at least as I see it."
  • "Galileo introduces B lock Selection (sometime called discontinuous selection): the ability to select a box of text regardless of the line breaks or any other white-spaces."
  • "Phillip A. Sharp in 1977 independently discovered that genes could be discontinuous, that is, a given gene could be present in the genetic material (DNA) as several, well-separated segments."