Meaning of CONSTANT in English


— constantly , adv.

/kon"steuhnt/ , adj.

1. not changing or varying; uniform; regular; invariable: All conditions during the three experiments were constant.

2. continuing without pause or letup; unceasing: constant noise.

3. regularly recurrent; continual; persistent: He found it impossible to work with constant interruption.

4. faithful; unswerving in love, devotion, etc.: a constant lover.

5. steadfast; firm in mind or purpose; resolute.

6. Obs. certain; confident.


7. something that does not or cannot change or vary.

8. Physics. a number expressing a property, quantity, or relation that remains unchanged under specified conditions.

9. Math. a quantity assumed to be unchanged throughout a given discussion.

[ 1350-1400; ME constant- (s. of constans, prp. of constare to stand firm), equiv. to con- CON- + sta- STAND + -nt- prp. suffix ]

Syn. 1. unchanging, immutable, permanent. 2. perpetual, unremitting, uninterrupted. 3. incessant, ceaseless. 4. loyal, staunch, true. See faithful. 5. steady, unwavering, unswerving.

Ant. 1. changeable. 2. fitful. 3. sporadic. 4. unreliable. 5. wavering.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .