Definition of continuous in English:

continuous

Line breaks: con|tinu|ous
Pronunciation: /kənˈtɪnjʊəs
 
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adjective

  • 3 Mathematics (Of a function) of which the graph is a smooth unbroken curve, i.e. one such that as the value of x approaches any given value a, the value of f(x) approaches that of f(a) as a limit.
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    • In 1873 he gave a continuous function with divergent Fourier series at any point solving a major problem.
    • This means that we can ignore a lot of jumps in functions and integrate them as if they were nice, smooth, continuous functions.
    • He proved strong results on continuous functions containing Sierpinski's curve and wrote several papers on functional spaces.

Derivatives

continuously

adverb
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  • We can expect more and we can expect current systems to be continuously refined through use.
  • It has rained and blown a gale continuously now for over thirty hours!
  • They are continuously in need of maintenance due to poor grounding caused by dirt and water.

continuousness

noun
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  • Made entirely of bent wood, the joints are subtly hidden to create the effect of continuousness.
  • As Dyer reminds us, we have historically valued stars who appear to ‘bear witness to the continuousness of their own selves’, given that ‘sincerity and authenticity are two qualities greatly prized in stars’.
  • His relocations demonstrate a very specific sort of failure in the midst of a coordinate success: a failure to narrate a new identity in light of the continuousness of Englishness.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin continuus 'uninterrupted', from continere 'hang together' (from con- 'together with' + tenere 'hold') + -ous.

Usage

There is some overlap in meaning between continuous and continual, but the two words are not wholly synonymous. Both can mean roughly ‘without interruption’ ( a long and continual war ; five years of continuous warfare ), but continuous is much more prominent in this sense and, unlike continual, can be used to refer to space as well as time, as in the development forms a continuous line along the coast . Continual, on the other hand, typically means ‘happening frequently, with intervals between’, as in the bus service has been disrupted by continual breakdowns . Overall, continuous occurs much more frequently than continual (almost five times more often in the Oxford English Corpus).

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