from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Recurring regularly or frequently: the continual need to pay the mortgage.
- adj. Not interrupted; steady: continual noise; a continual diet of vegetables.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Recurring in steady, rapid succession.
- adj. Seemingly continuous; appearing to have no end or interruption.
- adj. Forming a continuous series.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Proceeding without interruption or cesstaion; continuous; unceasing; lasting; abiding.
- adj. Occuring in steady and rapid succession; very frequent; often repeated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Proceeding without interruption or cessation; not intermitting; unceasing; continuous.
- Of frequent recurrence; often repeated; very frequent: as, the charitable man has continual applications for alms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. `continual' (meaning seemingly uninterrupted) is often used interchangeably with `continuous' (meaning without interruption)
- adj. occurring without interruption; chiefly restricted to what recurs regularly or frequently in a prolonged and closely spaced series
From Middle English continuel, from Old French continuel, from Latin continuus ("continuous") (Wiktionary)