noun (plural discontinuities)
- 1A distinct break in physical continuity or sequence in time: there is no significant discontinuity between modern and primitive societiesMore example sentences
- From my parents, who serve as a primary reference point, I begin to understand both my uniqueness and universality together with my continuity and discontinuity with the past and the present.
- Yet historical accounts of anti-vaccination campaigns - including this one - reveal more discontinuity than continuity.
- That is, it is necessary to understand both continuity and discontinuity between closely related species.
- 1.1A sharp difference of characteristics between parts of something: changes in government have resulted in discontinuities in policyMore example sentences
- The issue of the Old and the New Second Worlds, the transition from communism to postcommunism, the continuities and discontinuities between them, will be taken up later in this chapter.
- The various continuities and discontinuities that are discernible derive from the real changes that are deemed to have taken place.
- With all the continuities and discontinuities outlined in our separate chapters, this period was clearly fundamental for the subsequent development of Europe.
- 1.2 Mathematics A point at which a function is discontinuous or undefined.More example sentences
- This may be due to the QTL variance being at the boundary of the parameter space, where the maximum-likelihood search algorithm has difficulties due to the discontinuity of the likelihood function.
- The function has one discontinuity at = 0, and its second derivative has various discontinuities.
- The left figure above illustrates a discontinuity in a one-dimensional function, and the right figure illustrated a discontinuity of a two-dimensional function plotted as a surface.
late 16th century: from medieval Latin discontinuitas, from discontinuus (see discontinuous).