British EnglishSEa way of judging a student's ability by looking at the work they have done during the year rather than by an examination
4SLGtechnicalthe continuous form of a verb shows that an action is continuing. In English, this is formed by the verb 'be', followed by apresent participle, as in 'I was waiting for the bus.'
UMNO had ruled Malaysia continuously since independence.
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: continual, continuouscontinual and continuousare both used to describe things that continue without stopping• continual rain • a continuous fall in unemployment since 1998Use continuousto describe things that go on without a break• I had six continuous hours of meetings. • a continuous line of treesUse continualto describe things which happen repeatedly• his continual attempts to interveneUse continualwhen the thing that is happening is annoying or bad• She was fed up with the continual arguments. ➔ See alsocontinual
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.