Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Uninterrupted in time, sequence, substance, or extent. See Synonyms at continual.
  • adj. Attached together in repeated units: a continuous form fed into a printer.
  • adj. Mathematics Of or relating to a line or curve that extends without a break or irregularity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without break, cessation, or interruption; without intervening time.
  • adj. Without intervening space; continued; protracted; extended.
  • adj. Not deviating or varying from uniformity; not interrupted; not joined or articulated.
  • adj. Such that, for every in the domain, for each small open interval about , there's an interval containing whose image is in .
  • adj. Such that each open set in the range has an open preimage.
  • adj. Expressing an ongoing action or state.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without break, cessation, or interruption; without intervening space or time; uninterrupted; unbroken; continual; unceasing; constant; continued; protracted; extended.
  • adj. Not deviating or varying from uninformity; not interrupted; not joined or articulated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by continuity; not affected by disconnection of parts or interruption of sequence; having uninterrupted extent, substance, or existence; unbroken.
  • Unintermitted, or constantly renewed; continual.
  • In botany, not deviating from uniformity: the reverse of interrupted. Thus, a stem which has no joints is said to be continuous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. continuing in time or space without interruption
  • adj. of a function or curve; extending without break or irregularity

Etymologies

From Latin continuus; see continue.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Either via French or directly, from Latin continuus. (Wiktionary)

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