noun (pluralcontinua; also-uums) Etymology: Latin, neuter of continuusDate: 1646 1. a coherent whole characterized as a collection, sequence, or progression of values or elements varying by minute degrees <“good” and “bad”…stand at opposite ends of a continuum instead of describing the two halves of a line — Wayne Shumaker> 2. the set of real numbers including both the rationals and the irrationals; broadly a compact set which cannot be separated into two sets neither of which contains a limit point of the other

n. (pl. continua) anything seen as having a continuous, not discrete, structure (space-time continuum). Etymology: L, neut. of continuus: see CONTINUOUS

(continua, or continuums) A continuum is a set of things on a scale, which have a particular characteristic to different degrees. (FORMAL) These various complaints are part of a continuum of ill-health...N-COUNT: usu sing