continuity

Continuity has to do with how things happen over time: if there aren't any bumps or breaks and everything goes on continuously, then there's continuity.

Continuity has to do with consistency. If you have the same Spanish teacher for several semesters, that's great continuity. If you have five different teachers in one year, that's awful continuity. In TV and movies, continuity involves keeping the plot and characters consistent from one scene to the next. It drives fans crazy when a character is allergic to peanuts in one episode, and then eats a peanut butter sandwich in the next one.

Primary Meanings of continuity

1.
n
uninterrupted connection or union
2.
n
a detailed script used in making a film in order to avoid discontinuities from shot to shot
Full Definitions of continuity
1

n uninterrupted connection or union

Antonyms:
discontinuity
lack of connection or continuity
Type of:
coherence, coherency, cohesion, cohesiveness
the state of cohering or sticking together

n the property of a continuous and connected period of time

Synonyms:
persistence
Type of:
durability, enduringness, lastingness, strength
permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force
2

n a detailed script used in making a film in order to avoid discontinuities from shot to shot

Type of:
book, playscript, script
a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance

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