Definition of continuum in English:

continuum

noun

  • A continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, but the extremes are quite distinct.

    ‘a continuum of special educational needs’
    ‘the continuum from third world economies to advanced nations’
    • ‘One could consider four assumptions as existing on a continuum with extremes at either end.’
    • ‘In other words, these forms may correspond to different points on a continuum.’
    • ‘In this study, the meanings women attached to food differed depending on where they were on the recovery continuum.’
    • ‘Symbolic, spiritual, human and bacterial life are placed in a continuum.’
    • ‘Both assertions are statements of artistic merit, ranking performers and composers on a continuum from the worthless to the genius.’
    • ‘Politics understood this way is a continuum along a single dimension.’
    • ‘I don't think pleasure need be seen as a one-dimensional experience, a uniform continuum.’
    • ‘Our work in the area of food security follows a continuum, along which are different programming stages.’
    • ‘Each is a biological continuum with symptomatic disease at one extreme.’
    • ‘The problem is presented as a continuum from normative forms of behavior to extreme and serious attacks.’
    • ‘Dresden isn't a retrospective re-creation, because it exists in a separate continuum from the events that formed it.’
    • ‘Needless to say, the distinctions form a continuum, rather than discrete categories.’
    • ‘But gender identity should be seen as a continuum, just like sexual orientation.’
    • ‘Blues music, as he sees it, is simply part of a continuum of black pop.’
    • ‘There is no such thing as a perfect business decision, as a corporate life cycle is not an instance but a continuum.’
    • ‘The continuum of this work runs between prose, prose poetry and poetry.’
    • ‘Sexuality is much more like a continuum than two polar opposites.’
    • ‘When a group limits its appeal to either extreme of the continuum, it is confined to a small portion of the market.’
    • ‘Most people are not always at either extreme of the continuum of outlook on life.’
    • ‘In reality, of course, it is a continuum and with origins that go way back into antiquity.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin, neuter of continuus (see continuous).

Pronunciation

continuum

/kənˈtɪnjʊəm/