The adjective continuous describes something that occurs over space or time without interruption. Some computer fans make a continuous noise — a constant buzz — that can drive you to distraction.

Continuous things don’t stop, not even for a coffee break. A continuous sheet of ice has no cracks, a continuous noise never pauses, and a continuous line of railroad is the kind you want if you’re on a train. Continual, on the other hand, is used to describe things that start and stop occasionally. Use continuous for anything that goes on and on.

Definitions of continuous

adj continuing in time or space without interruption

“"a continuous rearrangement of electrons in the solar atoms results in the emission of light"- James Jeans”
“a continuous bout of illness lasting six months”
“lived in continuous fear”
“a continuous row of warehouses”
“a continuous line has no gaps or breaks in it”
marked by continuous or uninterrupted extension in space or time or sequence
around-the-clock, day-and-night, nonstop, round-the-clock
at all times
ceaseless, constant, incessant, never-ending, perpetual, unceasing, unremitting
uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
`continual' (meaning seemingly uninterrupted) is often used interchangeably with `continuous' (meaning without interruption)
dogging, persisting
relentless and indefatigable in pursuit or as if in pursuit
having the ends united so as to form a continuous whole
free burning, sustained
(of an electric arc) continuous
consecutive, straight
successive (without a break)
maintained at length without interruption or weakening
discontinuous, noncontinuous
not continuing without interruption in time or space
not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly
recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances
marked by breaks or gaps
used of distributions, as of statistical or natural populations
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adj of a function or curve; extending without break or irregularity

of a function or curve; possessing one or more discontinuities

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