AskDefine | Define continuum

Dictionary Definition

continuum n : a continuous nonspatial whole or extent or succession in which no part or portion is distinct of distinguishable from adjacent parts [also: continua (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /kənˈtɪnjuəm/, /k@n"tInju@m/


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


continuous extent
the set of real numbers

Extensive Definition

Continuum (occasionally spelled continuüm) (pl. -tinua or -tinuums) can refer to:
  • Continuum (theory), anything that goes through a gradual transition from one condition, to a different condition, without any abrupt changes or "discontinuities".
  • Continuum (mathematics), the real line, or more generally any space, ordering, or cardinal that shares certain properties of the real line (e.g., "connectedness" or "size").




Popular culture




  • "Consciousness Continuüm" or the Mindstream (Sanskrit: citta-santāna)


  • Apache Continuum, a continuous integration server for building Java-based projects.

See also

continuum in Czech: Kontinuum
continuum in German: Kontinuum
continuum in Spanish: Continuum
continuum in French: Continuum
continuum in Italian: Continuum
continuum in Dutch: Continuüm
continuum in Portuguese: Continuum
continuum in Russian: Континуум
continuum in Simple English: Continuum

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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