Without break, cessation, or interruption; without intervening time.
* 1847 , , Ticknor and Fields (1854), page 90:
- a continuous current of electricity
Without intervening space; continued; protracted; extended.
- he can hear its continuous murmur
(botany) Not deviating or varying from uniformity; not interrupted; not joined or articulated.
(analysis, of a function) Such that, for every x'' in the domain, for each small open interval ''D'' about ''f''(''x''), there's an interval containing ''x'' whose image is in ''D .
(mathematics, more generally, of a function) Such that each open set in the range has an open preimage.
- a continuous line of railroad
(grammar) Expressing an ongoing action or state.
- Each continuous function from the real line to the rationals is constant, since the rationals are totally disconnected.
* (without break, cessation, or interruption in time''): constant, continual (''but see usage notes above ), incessant, never-ending, ongoing, unbroken, unceasing, unending, uninterrupted
* (without break, cessation, or interruption in space ): connected, unbroken
* See also
* (without break, cessation, or interruption in time ): broken, discontinuous, discrete, intermittent, interrupted
* (without break, cessation, or interruption in space ): broken, disconnected, disjoint, unbroken
* (in mathematical analysis ): discontinuous, stepwise
* continuous brake
* continuous impost
* continuous distribution
* continuous function
* continuous group
* continuous line illusion
* continuous map
* continuous mapping theorem
* continuous space
* continuous vector bundle
* continuously differentiable function
* uniformly continuous
Lasting or remaining active throughout the year, or all the time.
(botany, of a plant) Having a life cycle of more than two years. Compare (annual), (biennial).
(figuratively) Continuing without cessation or intermission; perpetual; permanent; unceasing; never failing.
* 1790 ,
- a perennial stream
(figuratively) Enduring; lasting; timeless.
- The perennial existence of bodies corporate and their fortunes are things particularly suited to a man who has long views…
(figuratively) Recurrent; appearing or recurring again and again.
- His artwork has a perennial beauty.
- Change is a perennial theme in politics.
A perennial plant; a plant that is active throughout the year or survives for more than two growing seasons. Compare (annual), (biennial).