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discontinuous Syllabification: dis·con·tin·u·ous
Pronunciation: /ˌdiskənˈtinyo͞oəs/

Definition of discontinuous in English:


1Having intervals or gaps: a person with a discontinuous employment record
More example sentences
  • Unfortunately, subaerial erosion has made the continental sedimentary record very incomplete and discontinuous.
  • The hanging-wall zone contained 33% of the copper and was the most erratic and discontinuous zone.
  • However, the prospects for discontinuous, disruptive change appear slim.
intermittent, sporadic, broken, fitful, interrupted, on and off, disrupted, erratic, disconnected
1.1 Mathematics (Of a function) having at least one discontinuity, and whose differential coefficient may become infinite.
Example sentences
  • And the length of the curve is again a discontinuous function of the starting point.
  • Also important is his work on divergent series and discontinuous functions.
  • In contrast to this, discontinuous functions are a staple of classical mathematics.


Mid 17th century (in the sense 'producing discontinuity'): from medieval Latin discontinuus, from dis- 'not' + continuus (see continuous).



Pronunciation: /ˌdiskənˈtinyo͞oəslē/
Example sentences
  • Its findings suggest, however, that without major acquisitions, the likelihood of moving instantaneously and discontinuously from one period's opportunity frontier to that of another is low.
  • We don't say there's a missing link in a cliff, because the height changes discontinuously along the ground, that's just how landscape works.
  • Clearly this coarse-grained level of model cannot pick up specific and discontinuously large shifts of the transition state, which in small proteins will often dominate particular cases.

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