Definitions

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

  • adjective Marked by breaks or interruptions; intermittent.
  • adjective Consisting of distinct or unconnected elements, such as the physical features of a landscape.
  • adjective Being without sequential order or coherent form.
  • adjective Mathematics Possessing one or more discontinuities, as a function.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Broken off; interrupted; lacking continuity.
  • Breaking continuity; severing the relation of parts; disjunctive.
  • In mathematics See the extract.

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

  • adjective Not continuous; interrupted; broken off.
  • adjective Exhibiting a dissolution of continuity; gaping.
  • adjective (Math.) a function which for certain values or between certain values of the variable does not vary continuously as the variable increases. The discontinuity may, for example, consist of an abrupt change in the value of the function, or an abrupt change in its law of variation, or the function may become imaginary.

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

  • adjective having breaks or interruptions; intermittent
  • adjective mathematics having at least one discontinuity

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

  • adjective of a function or curve; possessing one or more discontinuities
  • adjective not continuing without interruption in time or space

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Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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."

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  • 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."

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  • 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."

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