Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary


One entry found for continual.
Main Entry: con·tin·u·al
Pronunciation: k&n-'tin-yü-&l, -y&l
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French continuel, from Latin continuus continuous
Date: 14th century
1 : continuing indefinitely in time without interruption <continual fear>
2 : recurring in steady usually rapid succession <a history of continual invasions>
- con·tin·u·al·ly adverb
synonyms CONTINUAL, CONTINUOUS, CONSTANT, INCESSANT, PERPETUAL, PERENNIAL mean characterized by continued occurrence or recurrence. CONTINUAL often implies a close prolonged succession or recurrence <continual showers the whole weekend>. CONTINUOUS usually implies an uninterrupted flow or spatial extension <football's oldest continuous rivalry>. CONSTANT implies uniform or persistent occurrence or recurrence <lived in constant pain>. INCESSANT implies ceaseless or uninterrupted activity <annoyed by the incessant quarreling>. PERPETUAL suggests unfailing repetition or lasting duration <a land of perpetual snowfall>. PERENNIAL implies enduring existence often through constant renewal <a perennial source of controversy>.