Definition of Continuum

1. Noun. A continuous nonspatial whole or extent or succession in which no part or portion is distinct or distinguishable from adjacent parts.

Generic synonyms: Time
Specialized synonyms: History
Derivative terms: Continuous, Continuous

Definition of Continuum

1. Noun. A continuous series or whole, no part of which is noticeably different from its adjacent parts, although the ends or extremes of it are very different from each other. ¹

2. Noun. (mathematics) The set of all real numbers and, more generally, a compact connected metric space. ¹

3. Noun. (musical instruments) A touch sensitive strip, similar to a standard electronic musical keyboard, except that the note steps are (frac 100) of a semitone, and so are not separately marked. ¹

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Definition of Continuum

1. a mathematical set [n CONTINUA or CONTINUUMS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Continuum

continuous quality improvement
continuous random variable
continuous receiver watch
continuous spectrum
continuous spinal anaesthesia
continuous suture
continuous tense
continuous time model
continuous tremor
continuous variable
continuous variables
continuously variable transmission
continuously variable transmissions
continuum (current term)
continuum hypothesis

Literary usage of Continuum

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Theory of Functions of a Real Variable and the Theory of Fourier's Series by Ernest William Hobson (1907)
"When we come, however, to the case of the continuum, or aggregate of all real ... It will there be shewn that the arithmetic continuum has an order-type ..."

2. The Foundations of Science: Science and Hypothesis, The Value of Science by Henri Poincaré (1913)
"If a physical continuum C can be subdivided by a cut reducing to a finite number of elements all distinguishable from one another (and consequently forming ..."

3. Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein (1921)
"... AS A EUCLIDEAN continuum WE are now in a position to formulate more exactly the idea of Minkowski, which was only vaguely indicated in Section XVII. ..."

4. A Course of Pure Mathematics by Godfrey Harold Hardy (1908)
"The continuum. The aggregate of points contained in a straight line L is called ... The aggregate of all these numbers is called an arithmetical continuum. ..."

5. Problems of Science by Federigo Enriques (1914)
"These have their common root in the general theory of the continuum (or Analysis situs). We can now see that these two branches are connected with two ..."

6. Purchasing Managed Care Services for Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment by Stephen Moss (1997)
"The need for a full continuum of care is critical. However, continuing care (often called aftercare) needs to be clearly distinguished from acute, ..."

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