constant

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From Middle English constant, from Old French constant, from Latin constantem, accusative of constans, from constare (to stand firm).

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constant (comparative more constant, superlative most constant)

  1. Unchanged through time or space; permanent.
  2. Consistently recurring over time; persistent.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:continuous
    • 2013 November 16, Schumpeter, “The mindfulness business”, in The Economist, volume 409, number 8862:
      The constant pinging of electronic devices is driving many people to the end of their tether. Electronic devices not only overload the senses and invade leisure time. They feed on themselves: the more people tweet the more they are rewarded with followers and retweets.
  3. Steady in purpose, action, feeling, etc.
  4. Firm; solid; not fluid.
    • 1660, Robert Boyle, New Experiments Physico-Mechanical: Touching the Spring of the Air and their Effects
      If [] you mix them, you may turn these two fluid liquors into a constant body.
  5. (obsolete) Consistent; logical.
  6. (computing, complexity theory) Bounded above by a constant.
    constant time   constant space

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constant (plural constants)

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  1. That which is permanent or invariable.
  2. (algebra) A quantity that remains at a fixed value throughout a given discussion.
  3. (sciences) Any property of an experiment, determined numerically, that does not change under given circumstances.
  4. (computing) An identifier that is bound to an invariant value; a fixed value given a name to aid in readability of source code.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin cōnstāns.

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constant (masculine and feminine plural constants)

  1. constant
    Antonym: inconstant

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constant f (plural constants)

  1. constant

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin constans.

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constant (feminine singular constante, masculine plural constants, feminine plural constantes)

  1. constant

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Latin[edit]

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cōnstant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of cōnstō