American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Marked by breaks or interruptions; intermittent: discontinuous applause.
- adj. Consisting of distinct or unconnected elements, such as the physical features of a landscape.
- adj. Being without sequential order or coherent form.
- adj. Mathematics Possessing one or more discontinuities, as a function.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Broken off; interrupted; lacking continuity.
- Breaking continuity; severing the relation of parts; disjunctive.
- In mathematics See the extract.
- adj. having breaks or interruptions; intermittent
- adj. mathematics having at least one discontinuity
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not continuous; interrupted; broken off.
- adj. Exhibiting a dissolution of continuity; gaping.
- adj. of a function or curve; possessing one or more discontinuities
- adj. not continuing without interruption in time or space
“The authors have used the flowering date in a second model and that uses what I call a discontinuous function, and that would not involve solving for roots or at least as I see it.”
“Galileo introduces B lock Selection (sometime called discontinuous selection): the ability to select a box of text regardless of the line breaks or any other white-spaces.”
“Phillip A. Sharp in 1977 independently discovered that genes could be discontinuous, that is, a given gene could be present in the genetic material (DNA) as several, well-separated segments.”
“Particular discontinuities continue to surprise even if the idea of discontinuous form — which Eliot himself was to forsake — is now almost as familiar as its sober counterpart.”
“In recent years Bateson in particular has championed the idea of saltatory, or so-called discontinuous evolution, and has collected a number of cases in which more or less marked variations have suddenly appeared.”
“In this sense, de-Manian discontinuity is more radical "discontinuous" than discontinuity itself, that is, than any form of the discontinuous we can conceive of.”
“LLC, explains, "While a lot of attention gets paid to the higher data rates associated with HSPA+, 3G operators are actually placing equal or even greater emphasis on other key HSPA+ features, such as discontinuous data reception and transmission, which can dramatically extend the battery life and improve overall network efficiency.”
“Michael Thelander, chief executive officer of the analysis firm Signals Research Group explains, "While a lot of attention gets paid to the higher data rates associated with HSPA+, 3G operators are actually placing equal or even greater emphasis on other key HSPA+ features, such as discontinuous data reception and transmission, which can dramatically extend the battery life and improve overall network efficiency.”
“It is likely to be a "discontinuous" strike, similar to the 2006 walk-out.”
“Multiple selection (sometimes known as "discontinuous" or "additive" selection) for manipulating several chunks of text at once”
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