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continuous   WordNet 2.0

- 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

 
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- of a function or curve

- extending without break or irregularity

 
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Continuous   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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. 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.

 
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