continuous

continuous
adjective
1 continuing to happen or exist without stopping or without any interruptions: The brain needs a continuous supply of blood. | The Blood Transfusion Service has a long and continuous tradition of public service.
2 something such as a line that is continuous does not have any spaces or holes in it
3 continuous assessment BrE a way of judging how well a student is doing by looking at the work they do during the year rather than by testing them in an examination
4 technical the continuous form of a verb is used to show that an action or activity is continuing to happen, and is shown in English by the verb `be', followed by a present participle, as in `I was waiting for the bus'
- continuously adverb

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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