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# continuum

## Definitions

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

• n. A continuous extent, succession, or whole, no part of which can be distinguished from neighboring parts except by arbitrary division.
• n. Mathematics A set having the same number of points as all the real numbers in an interval.
• n. Mathematics The set of all real numbers.

• n. 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.
• n. The set of all real numbers and, more generally, a compact connected metric space.
• n. A touch sensitive strip, similar to a standard electronic musical keyboard, except that the note steps are 1⁄100 of a semitone, and so are not separately marked.

### from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

• n. A continuous spread or extension; a continuity; a continuous quantity. See continuity.
• n. In mathematics, the whole system of positive and negative integral, fractional, and irrational numbers.

• n. a continuous nonspatial whole or extent or succession in which no part or portion is distinct or distinguishable from adjacent parts

## Etymologies

Latin, neuter of continuus, continuous; see continue.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin continuum, neuter form of continuus, from contineō ("contain, enclose") (Wiktionary)

• I hate math, but I like this word.

December 3, 2007

• As much as I love math, I also love words with double "u," & this is a much more interesting word than "vacuum"
I also enjoy John Mayer :) I'm glad he used this as an album title

December 3, 2007

• If I were to "favorite" it, it would probably be because it has the same nether end as vacuum. So #3, I suppose.

February 15, 2007

• I haven't favorited it, but my attraction to this word is almost completely due to Star Trek.

February 15, 2007

• For those who favorited the word, why?

1. Math?
2. Star Trek?
3. Like words with double "u"

February 15, 2007

• Not to be confused with the continuum hypothesis, which describes the various sizes of infinite sets.

February 15, 2007

• In mathematics the number continuum is the concept that between any two numbers, no matter how small, there is another number smaller, such that the number line is continuous--has no 'holes'.

February 14, 2007