Definitions

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

Etymologies

From Middle English continuel, from Old French continuel, from Latin continuus ("continuous") (Wiktionary)

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