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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dis-kuh n-tin-yoo-uh s]
    • /ˌdɪs kənˈtɪn yu əs/
    • /ˌdɪs.kənˈtɪn.ju.əs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dis-kuh n-tin-yoo-uh s]
    • /ˌdɪs kənˈtɪn yu əs/

Definitions of discontinuous word

  • adjective discontinuous not continuous; broken; interrupted; intermittent: a discontinuous chain of mountains; a discontinuous argument. 1
  • adjective discontinuous Mathematics. (of a function at a point) not continuous at the point. 1
  • noun discontinuous Having intervals or gaps. 1
  • adjective discontinuous intermittent, interrupted 1
  • adjective discontinuous A process that is discontinuous happens in stages with intervals between them, rather than continuously. 0
  • adjective discontinuous characterized by interruptions or breaks; intermittent 0

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Origin of discontinuous

First appearance:

before 1660
One of the 46% oldest English words
From the Medieval Latin word discontinuus, dating back to 1660-70. See dis-1, continuous

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Parts of speech for Discontinuous


discontinuous popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for discontinuous

adj discontinuous

  • alternate — When you alternate two things, you keep using one then the other. When one thing alternates with another, the first regularly occurs after the other.
  • desultory — Something that is desultory is done in an unplanned and disorganized way, and without enthusiasm.
  • disconnected — disjointed; broken.
  • disjointed — Mathematics. (of two sets) having no common elements. (of a system of sets) having the property that every pair of sets is disjoint.
  • disordered — lacking organization or in confusion; disarranged.

adjective discontinuous

  • intermittent — stopping or ceasing for a time; alternately ceasing and beginning again: an intermittent pain.
  • sporadic — (of similar things or occurrences) appearing or happening at irregular intervals in time; occasional: sporadic renewals of enthusiasm.
  • broken — Broken is the past participle of break.
  • uneven — not level or flat; rough; rugged: The wheels bumped and jolted over the uneven surface.

Antonyms for discontinuous

adjective discontinuous

  • continuous — A continuous process or event continues for a period of time without stopping.

verb discontinuous

  • unbroken — not broken; whole; intact.

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