Meaning of continuum in English:


Pronunciation /kənˈtɪnjʊəm/

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nounplural noun continua/kənˈtɪnjʊə/

  • A continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, but the extremes are quite distinct.

    ‘a continuum of special educational needs’
    • ‘the continuum from third world economies to advanced nations’
    • ‘When a group limits its appeal to either extreme of the continuum, it is confined to a small portion of the market.’
    • ‘In other words, these forms may correspond to different points on a continuum.’
    • ‘One could consider four assumptions as existing on a continuum with extremes at either end.’
    • ‘Most people are not always at either extreme of the continuum of outlook on life.’
    • ‘Needless to say, the distinctions form a continuum, rather than discrete categories.’
    • ‘Our work in the area of food security follows a continuum, along which are different programming stages.’
    • ‘Each is a biological continuum with symptomatic disease at one extreme.’
    • ‘There is no such thing as a perfect business decision, as a corporate life cycle is not an instance but a continuum.’
    • ‘The problem is presented as a continuum from normative forms of behavior to extreme and serious attacks.’
    • ‘In this study, the meanings women attached to food differed depending on where they were on the recovery continuum.’
    • ‘Both assertions are statements of artistic merit, ranking performers and composers on a continuum from the worthless to the genius.’
    • ‘Sexuality is much more like a continuum than two polar opposites.’
    • ‘Dresden isn't a retrospective re-creation, because it exists in a separate continuum from the events that formed it.’
    • ‘Symbolic, spiritual, human and bacterial life are placed in a continuum.’
    • ‘Politics understood this way is a continuum along a single dimension.’
    • ‘The continuum of this work runs between prose, prose poetry and poetry.’
    • ‘But gender identity should be seen as a continuum, just like sexual orientation.’
    • ‘I don't think pleasure need be seen as a one-dimensional experience, a uniform continuum.’
    • ‘Blues music, as he sees it, is simply part of a continuum of black pop.’
    • ‘In reality, of course, it is a continuum and with origins that go way back into antiquity.’


Mid 17th century from Latin, neuter of continuus (see continuous).