Definitions

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

  • adjective Uninterrupted in time, sequence, substance, or extent. synonym: continual.
  • adjective Attached together in repeated units.
  • adjective Of or relating to a line or curve that extends without a break or irregularity.
  • adjective Of or relating to a function between two topological spaces such that the preimage of any open set in the range is an open set in the domain.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

  • adjective Without break, cessation, or interruption; without intervening space or time; uninterrupted; unbroken; continual; unceasing; constant; continued; protracted; extended.
  • adjective (Bot.) Not deviating or varying from uninformity; not interrupted; not joined or articulated.
  • adjective (Railroad) a brake which is attached to each car a train, and can be caused to operate in all the cars simultaneously from a point on any car or on the engine.
  • adjective See Impost.

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[From Latin continuus; see continue.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Either via French or directly, from Latin continuus.

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