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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Continuous  \Con*tin"u*ous\,  a.  [L.  continuus,  fr  continere  to 
  hold  together.  See  {Continent}.] 
  1.  Without  break,  cessation,  or  interruption;  without 
  intervening  space  or  time;  uninterrupted;  unbroken; 
  continual;  unceasing;  constant;  continued;  protracted; 
  extended;  as  a  continuous  line  of  railroad;  a  continuous 
  current  of  electricity. 
 
  he  can  hear  its  continuous  murmur.  --Longfellow. 
 
  2.  (Bot.)  Not  deviating  or  varying  from  uninformity;  not 
  interrupted;  not  joined  or  articulated. 
 
  {Continuous  brake}  (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. 
 
  {Continuous  impost}.  See  {Impost}. 
 
  Syn:  {Continuous},  {Continual}. 
 
  Usage:  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  See  {Constant}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  continuous 
  adj  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:  (mathematics)  of  a  function  or  curve;  extending  without 
  break  or  irregularity  [ant:  {discontinuous}] 




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