1 continuing in time or space without interruption; "a continuous rearrangement of electrons in the solar atoms results in the emission of light"- James Jeans; "a continuous bout of illness lasting six months"; "lived in continuous fear"; "a continuous row of warehouses"; "a continuous line has no gaps or breaks in it"; "moving midweek holidays to the nearest Monday or Friday allows uninterrupted work weeks" [syn: uninterrupted] [ant: discontinuous]
2 of a function or curve; extending without break or irregularity [ant: discontinuous]
- , /kənˈtɪnjuəs/, /k@n"tInju@s/
- Without break,
cessation, or interruption; without
- a continuous current of electricity
- He can hear its continuous murmur. - Longfellow.
- Without intervening space; continued; protracted; extended.
- a continuous line of railroad
- Not deviating or varying from uniformity; not interrupted; not joined or articulated.
- Of a map, having the mathematical property that has the following formal \epsilon-\delta-definition: Given I,D\subset\mathbb (I and D are subsets of the real numbers), continuity of f(x):I \to D (f(x) maps the interval I to the interval D) at c\in\mathbb means, for all \varepsilon>0, there exists a \delta>0 such that |x-c| and x\in I implies |f(x)-f(c)|.
- Expressing an ongoing action or state.
- Continuous is the stronger word, and denotes that the continuity or union of parts is absolute and uninterrupted; as, a continuous sheet of ice; a continuous flow of water or of argument. So Daniel Webster speaks of "a continuous and unbroken strain of the martial airs of England."
- Continual, in most cases, marks a close and unbroken succession of things, rather than absolute continuity. Thus we speak of continual showers, implying a repetition with occasional interruptions; we speak of a person as liable to continual calls, or as subject to continual applications for aid, etc.
without break, cessation, or interruption in time
- Chinese, Simplified: 持续的 (chíxù de), 连续的 (liánxù de)
- Chinese, Traditional: 持續的, 連續的
- Dutch: continu, voortdurend, ononderbroken, aanhoudend
- French: continu
- German: kontinuierlich, stetig
- Hebrew: רציף , רציפה
- Hungarian: folytonos, folyamatos
- Italian: continuo
- Portuguese: contínuo
- Russian: непрерывный (njeprjerývnyj)
- Scots: conteenuous
without break, cessation, or interruption in space
in mathematical analysis
- Hungarian: folyamatos
- Russian: длительный
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Continuity may mean:
- Parametric continuity
- Geometric continuity
- Continuous function with real or complex values
- Continuous probability distribution or random variable in probability and statistics
- Continuity theorem
continuous in French: Continu
continuous in Lithuanian: Tolydumas
continuous in Dutch: Continuïteit
continuous in Portuguese: Continuidade
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