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discontinuous


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discontinuous  \Dis`con*tin"u*ous\,  a. 
  1.  Not  continuous;  interrupted;  broken  off 
 
  A  path  that  is  zigzag,  discontinuous,  and 
  intersected  at  every  turn  by  human  negligence.  --De 
  Quincey. 
 
  2.  Exhibiting  a  dissolution  of  continuity;  gaping. 
  ``Discontinuous  wound.''  --Milton. 
 
  {Discontinuous  function}  (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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  discontinuous 
  adj  1:  (mathematics)  of  a  function  or  curve;  possessing  one  or  more 
  discontinuities  [ant:  {continuous}] 
  2:  not  continuing  without  interruption  in  time  or  space; 
  "discontinuous  applause";  "the  landscape  was  a 
  discontinuous  mosaic  of  fields  and  forest  areas";  "he 
  received  a  somewhat  haphazard  and  discontinuous  schooling" 
  [syn:  {noncontinuous}]  [ant:  {continuous}] 




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