continuum[kən tin′yo̵̅o̅ əm]
The definition of continuum is a continuous series of elements or items that vary by such tiny differences that they do not seem to differ from each other.
An example of a continuum is a range of temperatures from freezing to boiling.
nounpl. con·tin·u·a or con·tin·u·ums
- A continuous extent, succession, or whole, no part of which can be distinguished from neighboring parts except by arbitrary division.
- Mathematics a. A set having the same number of points as all the real numbers in an interval.b. The set of all real numbers.
Origin of continuumLatin, neuter of continuus, continuous; see continue.
(plural continuums or continua)
- 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.
- A continuous extent.
- (mathematics) The set of all real numbers and, more generally, a compact connected metric space.
- (music) A touch-sensitive strip, similar to an electronic standard musical keyboard, except that the note steps are 1⁄100 of a semitone, and so are not separately marked.
From Latin continuum, neuter form of continuus, from contineō (“contain, enclose”)