Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Recurring regularly or frequently.
  • adjective Not interrupted; steady.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Proceeding without interruption or cesstaion; continuous; unceasing; lasting; abiding.
  • adjective Occuring in steady and rapid succession; very frequent; often repeated.
  • adjective (Math.) quantities in continued proportion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Recurring in steady, rapid succession.
  • adjective proscribed Seemingly continuous; appearing to have no end or interruption.
  • adjective proscribed Forming a continuous series.

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

  • adjective `continual' (meaning seemingly uninterrupted) is often used interchangeably with `continuous' (meaning without interruption)
  • adjective occurring without interruption; chiefly restricted to what recurs regularly or frequently in a prolonged and closely spaced series

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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