Meaning of CONTINUITY in English


ˌkäntə̇ˈn(y)üəd.ē, -nt ə nˈ(y)ü-, -ətē, -i noun

( -es )

Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French continuité, from Latin continuitat-, continuitas, from continuus + -itat-, -itas -ity


a. : the quality or state of being continuous : uninterrupted connection or succession : close union of parts : cohesion , coherence

the highest percentage of cures with the least disturbance in the continuity of tissue — E.D.Osborne

continuity of management

b. : the quality or state of continuing without essential change : uninterrupted persistence of a particular quality or essential with reference to conjoint changing qualities

the life of ancient Rome, its unbroken continuity through the centuries, and its connection with the life of the modern world — H.N.Fowler

c. : continuousness in time : duration without intermission ; specifically : uninterruptedness of existence (as of germ plasm)

2. : something that shows continuity : a connected or unbroken course or series: as

a. : the narrative line or the thematic development of an idea in a motion picture

b. : a detailed scenario or shooting script showing dialogue, shots, and transitions

c. : the script for a radio or television program (as of the introductory and transitional material used by an announcer or master of ceremonies of a musical or variety program) ; also : the lines read from such a script

d. : the story and dialogue of a comic strip ; also : a daily comic strip or picture strip that sustains a narrative

3. : an individual feature, element, or unit of a connected series

number of continuities that can be discovered in the play — R.A.Brower

4. mathematics : the property characteristic of a continuous function ; also : an example of such property — compare discontinuity 3

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