Definition of Discontinuity

1. Noun. Lack of connection or continuity.

Generic synonyms: Separation
Antonyms: Continuity
Derivative terms: Discontinuous, Discontinuous

Definition of Discontinuity

1. n. Want of continuity or cohesion; disunion of parts.

Definition of Discontinuity

1. Noun. a lack of continuity, regularity or sequence; a break or gap ¹

2. Noun. (geology) a subterranean interface at which seismic velocities change ¹

3. Noun. (mathematics) a point in the range of a function at which it is undefined or not continuous ¹

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Definition of Discontinuity

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Discontinuity

discontinuation test
discontinuity (current term)
discontinuity in the flow
discontinuous culture
discontinuous phase
discontinuous sterilization

Literary usage of Discontinuity

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1. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism by James Clerk Maxwell (1904)
"It is possible in physical questions to get rid of the idea of discontinuity without sensibly altering the conditions of the case. ..."

2. The Elementary Part of A Treatise on the Dynamics of a System of Rigid by Edward John Routh (1891)
"discontinuity of Friction. The reader should particularly notice the ... discontinuity may also arise in other ways. When, for example, one body is sliding ..."

3. Vestiges of Pre-metric Weights and Measures Persisting in Metric-system by Arthur Edwin Kennelly (1881)
"It is possible in physical questions to get rid of the idea of discontinuity without sensibly altering the conditions of the case. ..."

4. Elements of the Theory of Functions of a Complex Variable: With Especial by Heinrich Durège (1896)
"By the preceding considerations we are led to the investigation of such closed paths of integration as enclose only one point of discontinuity. ..."

5. Higher Mathematics for Students of Chemistry and Physics: With Special by Joseph William Mellor (1902)
"Other kinds of discontinuity may occur, but do not commonly arise in physical work. ... Such a discontinuity occurs when x = 0 in the expression y = 1.x. ..."

6. An Elementary Treatise on the Mathematical Theory of Perfectly Elastic by William John Ibbetson (1887)
"discontinuity in the Applied Forces never occurs in actual structures to any important extent, but the consideration of discontinuous Surface Tractions and ..."

7. Lectures on the Theory of Functions of Real Variables by James Pierpont (1912)
"If each point of 31 is a point of discontinuity, we say/ is totally ... A function /(zj ••• x„~) having only a finite number of points of discontinuity in ..."

8. A Treatise on Infinitesimal Calculus: Containing Differential and Integral by Bartholomew Price (1865)
"axis disappear, and the locus consists of discontinuous branches of the curve y =f(x) ; and at those values of x at which the discontinuity takes place, ..."

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