|Origin:||continuus, from continere; CONTAIN|
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con‧tin‧u‧ous S2 W3
continuing to happen or exist without stopping [↪ continue]:
continuous economic growth
a continuous flow of information
something such as a line that is continuous does not have any spaces or holes in it
3 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
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:WORD CHOICE:
UMNO had ruled Malaysia continuously since independence.
continual, continuouscontinual 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