Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having breaks or interruptions; intermittent
  • adj. having at least one discontinuity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not continuous; interrupted; broken off.
  • adj. Exhibiting a dissolution of continuity; gaping.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adj. of a function or curve; possessing one or more discontinuities
  • adj. 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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  • 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."

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  • It is likely to be a "discontinuous" strike, similar to the 2006 walk-out.

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  • Multiple selection (sometimes known as "discontinuous" or "additive" selection) for manipulating several chunks of text at once

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