Meaning of DISCONTINUOUS in English

DISCONTINUOUS

/ ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuəs; NAmE / adjective

( formal ) not continuous; stopping and starting again

SYN intermittent

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 17th cent. (in the sense producing discontinuity ): from medieval Latin discontinuus , from dis- not + continuus uninterrupted, from continere hang together.

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