Definition of continuum noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kənˈtɪnjuəm//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtɪnjuəm//
(pl. continua
BrE BrE//kənˈtɪnjuə//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtɪnjuə//
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a series of similar items in which each is almost the same as the ones next to it but the last is very different from the first synonym cline It is impossible to say at what point along the continuum a dialect becomes a separate language. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin, neuter of continuus ‘uninterrupted’, from continere ‘hang together’ (from con- ‘together with’ + tenere ‘hold’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: continuum