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a. Marked by breaks or interruptions; intermittent: discontinuous applause.
b. Consisting of distinct or unconnected elements, such as the physical features of a landscape.
c. Being without sequential order or coherent form.
2. Mathematics Possessing one or more discontinuities, as a function.
1. characterized by interruptions or breaks; intermittent
2. (Mathematics) maths (of a function or curve) changing suddenly in value for one or more values of the variable or at one or more points. Compare continuous3
dis•con•tin•u•ous(ˌdɪs kənˈtɪn yu əs)
1. not continuous; broken; interrupted; intermittent.
2. Math. (of a function at a point) not continuous at the point.
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|Adj.||1.||discontinuous - of a function or curve; possessing one or more discontinuities|
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
continuous - of a function or curve; extending without break or irregularity
|2.||discontinuous - not continuing without interruption in time or space; "discontinuous applause"; "the landscape was a discontinuous mosaic of fields and forest areas"; "he received a somewhat haphazard and discontinuous schooling"|
broken - not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly; "broken lines of defense"; "a broken cable transmission"; "broken sleep"; "tear off the stub above the broken line"; "a broken note"; "broken sobs"
sporadic - recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances; "a city subjected to sporadic bombing raids"
continuous, uninterrupted - continuing in time or space without interruption; "a continuous rearrangement of electrons in the solar atoms results in the emission of light"- James Jeans; "a continuous bout of illness lasting six months"; "lived in continuous fear"; "a continuous row of warehouses"; "a continuous line has no gaps or breaks in it"; "moving midweek holidays to the nearest Monday or Friday allows uninterrupted work weeks"