One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1usually in singular A continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, although the extremes are quite distinct.‘at the fast end of the fast-slow continuum’
- ‘When a group limits its appeal to either extreme of the continuum, it is confined to a small portion of the market.’
- ‘Dresden isn't a retrospective re-creation, because it exists in a separate continuum from the events that formed it.’
- ‘Symbolic, spiritual, human and bacterial life are placed in a continuum.’
- ‘In reality, of course, it is a continuum and with origins that go way back into antiquity.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Needless to say, the distinctions form a continuum, rather than discrete categories.’
- ‘There is no such thing as a perfect business decision, as a corporate life cycle is not an instance but a continuum.’
- ‘But gender identity should be seen as a continuum, just like sexual orientation.’
- ‘In this study, the meanings women attached to food differed depending on where they were on the recovery continuum.’
- ‘Both assertions are statements of artistic merit, ranking performers and composers on a continuum from the worthless to the genius.’
- ‘Each is a biological continuum with symptomatic disease at one extreme.’
- ‘Politics understood this way is a continuum along a single dimension.’
- ‘The problem is presented as a continuum from normative forms of behavior to extreme and serious attacks.’
- ‘Sexuality is much more like a continuum than two polar opposites.’
- ‘I don't think pleasure need be seen as a one-dimensional experience, a uniform 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.’
- 1.1Mathematics The set of real numbers.
- ‘Leibniz concluded that continua are not real entities at all; as ‘wholes preceding their parts’ they have instead a purely ideal character.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin, neuter of continuus (see continuous).
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