con·tin·u·ous /kənˈtɪnjəwəs/ 形容詞
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.
Usage: 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.
adj 1: 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 of
warehouses"; "a continuous line has no gaps or breaks
in it"; "moving midweek holidays to the nearest Monday
or Friday allows uninterrupted work weeks" [syn: uninterrupted]
2: of a function or curve; extending without break or
irregularity [ant: discontinuous]