Definitions

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

  • adj. Continuing without interruption. See Synonyms at continual.

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  • adj. Without pause or stop; not ending, especially to the point of annoyance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Continuing or following without interruption; unceasing; unitermitted; uninterrupted; continual

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Continued or repeated without interruption or intermission; unceasing; ceaseless: as, incessant rains; incessant clamor.
  • Synonyms Continuous, Incessant, Continual, Perpetual; unremitting, unremitted. Continuous means unbroken, and is passive; incessant means unceasing, and is active. The former is preferable to note duration, condition, or result; the latter, to describe the exertion by which the condition or result is produced. We speak of a continuous or an incessant fever, according as we think of the fever as a state or as an activity; and similarly of a continuous or incessant strain of music, and the continuous or incessant murmur of a brook; but only of a continuous railroad-track or telegraph-wire. Continual regularly implies the habitual or repeated renewals of an act, state, etc.: as, a continual succession of storms. In the Bible continual is sometimes used for continuous, but the distinction here indicated is now clearly established. Perpetual is continuous with the idea of lastingness: as, perpetual motion. It is often used in the sense of continual: as, I am sick of such perpetual bickerings. In either sense, unless the thing is really everlasting, it is used by hyperbole, as implying that one sees no end to the matter. See eternal.

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

  • adj. uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing

Etymologies

Middle English incessaunte, from Late Latin incessāns, incessant- : Latin in-, not; see in-1 + Latin cessāns, present participle of cessāre, to stop; see cease.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • How could I ever forget, Jenny dear, that between you and me there was a whole life almost twice as long as yours, and more than half of it spent in incessant humiliation, defeat, and sorrow?

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  • Yet still I was in the dark, nor can I guess what they mean, unless they call incessant electioneering, without pause or interval for a single day, for a single hour, of their whole existence, “a glorious institution.”

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  • What has been called the "incessant ovulation" of modern women may have more severe lifetime effects including increased risk of cervical, uterine and breast cancers, and osteoporosis.

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  • Neighbors recall incessant screams and gunshots from inside, and the sight of prisoners being hanged by their thumbs from a tree in the garden.

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