[kuh n-tin-yoo-uh s] /kənˈtɪn yu əs/
uninterrupted in time; without cessation:
continuous coughing during the concert.
being in immediate connection or spatial relationship:
a continuous series of blasts; a continuous row of warehouses.
Grammar. (def 7).
prolonged without interruption; unceasing: a continuous noise
in an unbroken series or pattern
(maths) (of a function or curve) changing gradually in value as the variable changes in value. A function f is continuous if at every value a of the independent variable the difference between f(x) and f(a) approaches zero as x approaches a Compare discontinuous (sense 2) See also limit (sense 5)
(statistics) (of a variable) having a continuum of possible values so that its distribution requires integration rather than summation to determine its cumulative probability Compare discrete (sense 3)
(grammar) another word for progressive (sense 8)
1640s, from French continueus or directly from Latin continuus “uninterrupted, hanging together” (see continue). Related: Continuously.
continuous con·tin·u·ous (kən-tĭn’yōō-əs)
- Continuous bar retainer
continuous bar retainer n. A metal bar, usually resting on lingual surfaces of teeth, to aid in their stabilization and to act as an indirect retainer after orthodontic treatment.
- Continuous capillary
continuous capillary n. A blood capillary found in muscle, in which small caveolae are numerous and pores are absent.
noun, Metallurgy. 1. a technique of casting ingots, bars, etc., in which the metal is poured into an open-ended mold, being withdrawn as it solidifies so that the solid portion of the piece retains the fluid portion within the mold.
- Continuous creation
noun 1. the theory that matter is being created continuously in the universe See steady-state theory 2. the theory that animate matter is being continuously created from inanimate matter