Definition of discontinuous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuəs//
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not continuous; stopping and starting again synonym intermittent Women typically have discontinuous patterns of employment. Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘producing discontinuity’): from medieval Latin discontinuus, from dis- ‘not’ + continuus ‘uninterrupted’, from continere ‘hang together’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: discontinuous