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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: continuus, from continere; CONTAIN

continuous

adjective
     
Related topics: Grammar
con‧tin‧u‧ous S2 W3
1 continuing to happen or exist without stopping [↪ continue]:
continuous economic growth
a continuous flow of information
2 something such as a line that is continuous does not have any spaces or holes in it
3

continuous assessment

British EnglishSE a way of judging a student's ability by looking at the work they have done during the year rather than by an examination
4SLG technical the continuous form of a verb shows that an action is continuing. In English, this is formed by the verb 'be', followed by a present participle, as in 'I was waiting for the bus.'
continuously adverb:
UMNO had ruled Malaysia continuously since independence.
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

continual, continuous
continual and continuous are both used to describe things that continue without stopping continual rain a continuous fall in unemployment since 1998Use continuous to describe things that go on without a break I had six continuous hours of meetings. a continuous line of treesUse continual to describe things which happen repeatedly his continual attempts to interveneUse continual when the thing that is happening is annoying or bad She was fed up with the continual arguments.See also continual

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