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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌkɒntɪˈnjuːəti/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˌkɑntɪˈn(j)uːəti/
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- Lack of interruption or disconnection; the quality of being continuous in space or time.
- Considerable continuity of attention is needed to read German philosophy.
- (uncountable, mathematics) A characteristic property of a continuous function.
1911, William Anthony Granville, Elements of the Differential and Integral Calculus:
- The definition of a continuous function assumes that the function is already defined for x = a. If this is not the case, however, it is sometimes possible to assign such a value to the function for x = a that the condition of continuity shall be satisfied.
- A narrative device in episodic fiction where previous and/or future events in a story series are accounted for in present stories.
2012 April 29, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Treehouse of Horror III” (season 4, episode 5; originally aired 10/29/1992)”:
- In “Treehouse Of Horror” episodes, the rules aren’t just different—they don’t even exist. If writers want Homer to kill Flanders or for a segment to end with a marriage between a woman and a giant ape, they can do so without worrying about continuity or consistency or fans griping that the gang is behaving out of character.
lack of interruption
notion in mathematics