Definition of continuum in English:



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


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