Meaning of “continuous” in the English Dictionary

"continuous" in British English

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uk /kənˈtɪn.ju.əs/ us /kənˈtɪn.ju.əs/

B2 without a pause or interruption:

continuous pain
My computer makes a continuous low buzzing noise.
A continuous whiteline (= line without spaces) in the middle of the road means no overtaking.

More examples

  • The tape ran in a continuous loop, repeating the same songs over and over.
  • Satellite technology offers the opportunity, as never before, for continuous television coverage of major international events.
  • After a couple of days of continuous use, the costumes began to pong.
  • The lighting makes a continuous whining sound.
  • If you hear a continuous tone, leave the building.
adverb uk /kənˈtɪn.ju.ə us /kənˈtɪn.ju.ə


You can't work continuously for six hours without a break!

(Definition of “continuous” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"continuous" in American English

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continuousadjective [ not gradable ]

us /kənˈtɪn·ju·əs/

without a pause or break:

a continuous line of traffic
adverb [ not gradable ] us /kənˈtɪn·ju·əs·li/

He spoke continuously for more than two hours.

(Definition of “continuous” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)