continuous


continuous
con|tin|u|ous
W3S2 [kənˈtınjuəs] adj
[Date: 1600-1700; : Latin; Origin: continuus, from continere; CONTAIN]
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
BrE a way of judging a student's work by looking at what they have achieved during the year rather than testing them in an examination
4.) 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 adv
UMNO had ruled Malaysia continuously since independence.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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