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Definition of the noun discontinuity

What does discontinuity mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: discontinuities

  1. lack of connection or continuity
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • antonym: continuity
    • more generic word: separation = the state of lacking unity

Alternative definition of the noun discontinuity


  1. a lack of continuity, regularity or sequence; a break or gap
  2. [geology] a subterranean interface at which seismic velocities change
  3. [mathematics] a point in the range of a function at which it is undefined or not continuous


Who is discontinuity?

Discontinuity: For Michel Foucault, discontinuity and continuity reflect the flow of history and the fact that some "things are no longer perceived, described, expressed, characterised, classified, and known in the same way" from one era to the next..


"Discontinuity" is a composition.


  1. Discontinuity: A discontinuity in geotechnical engineering is a plane or surface that marks a change in physical or chemical characteristics in a soil or rock mass. A discontinuity can be, for example, a bedding, schistosity, foliation, joint, cleavage, fracture, fissure, crack, or fault plane. A division is made between mechanical and integral discontinuities. Discontinuities may occur multiple times with broadly the same mechanical characteristics in a discontinuity set, or may be a single discontinuity. A discontinuity makes a soil or rock mass anisotropic.
  2. Discontinuity: In linguistics, a discontinuity occurs when a given word or phrase is separated from another word or phrase that it modifies in such a manner that a direct connection cannot be established between the two without incurring crossing lines in the tree structure. The terminology that is employed to denote discontinuities varies depending on the theory of syntax at hand. The terms discontinuous constituent, displacement, long distance dependency, unbounded dependency, and projectivity violation are largely synonymous with the term discontinuity. There are various types of discontinuities, the most prominent and widely studied of these being topicalization, wh-fronting, scrambling, and extraposition.

Phrases with discontinuity

  1. Discontinuity in the Flow
  2. mohorovicic discontinuity
  3. Mohorovičić Discontinuity

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for discontinuity

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Google previewMedia Virus! (2010)

by Douglas Rushkoff

The discontinuity is an opportunity to interact with the medium.

Google previewHealth Care and Information Ethics (1997)

Protecting Fundamental Human Rights by Audrey R. Chapman

The second discontinuity is that there is ...

Google previewThe Politics of Species (2013)

Reshaping Our Relationships with Other Animals by Raymond Corbey, Annette Lanjouw

A distinctive evolutionary discontinuity is that humans can cast this physiological, social, and symbolic bonding “net” beyond...

A less positive evolutionary discontinuity is the distinctly human evolutionary trajectory of niche alteration for the ...

Google previewPerforming Exile, Performing Self (2012)

Drama, Theatre, Film by Yana Meerzon

whereas discontinuity is an opportunity to break with the mechanization of the form, with the predictability of tradition, and with the methods of conventional expression. Discontinuity is the basis of social, cultural and artistic improvisation; like ...

Google previewImpacts on Earth (1998)

by Daniel Benest, Claude Froeschle

A discontinuity is a mathematical idea. We can make a detailed analysis of shock wave formation and structure in non-reactive media (Hayes 1960; Landau & Lifchitz 1971). It will involve some calculations with vicosity, heat conduction, ...

Google previewApplied Welding Engineering (2011)

Processes, Codes, and Standards by Ramesh Singh

K IC , is pre-determined l The critical size for an unstable fracture is determined from the above equation l The worst case is assumed; that is the weld discontinuity is a crack l The vector sum of the applied and residual stress is estimated l A ...

Google previewFISH PHYSIOLOGY (1971)

a fish is essentially transparent to water-borne sound and its only acoustic discontinuity is the swim bladder (or other air chamber). Sound reception under ...

Google previewHistorical Transformations (2008)

The Anthropology of Global Systems by Kajsa Ekholm Friedman, Jonathan Friedman

even imperial strategies and the long-term processes inherent in global systems, an incompatibility that generates the riskiness of such systems, where local discontinuity is the rule, and which makes "social evolution" into a process of rising ...

Google previewGeological Survey Professional Paper (1968)

The lowest discontinuity is a sharply defined surface dipping 30° inward, along which vertical beds are thrust outward over gently dipping beds. The thrust fault may be considered as occupying the axial plane of the syncline. The gentle inward ...

Google previewGlobal Finance and Urban Living (1992)

A Study of Metropolitan Change by Leslie Budd

One important discontinuity is the provision of transport infrastructure to provide accessibility to residents' work and leisure practices. Infrastructure is built up over a long period so that providing new transport links does not occur as quickly as ...

Google previewWriting Art and Architecture (2010)

by Andrew Benjamin

One of the consequences of the inevitability of this movement through the discontinuity is that form is the consequence of the line's potential and as such could never be the direct iteration of the original diagram's appearance. Once a set-up of ...

Google previewMonitoring Structural Integrity by Acoustic Emission (1975)

A Symposium Presented at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 17-18 Jan. 1974 by Jack C. Spanner, J. W. McElroy

After all, a discontinuity is a defect only if it can grow and eventually cause failure. If a defect grows and gives off AE, when properly instrumented that emission can be detected. Basic Concepts of Acoustic Emission The basis for most ...

Google previewThe Great Society and the High Tide of Liberalism (2005)

by Sidney M. Milkis, Jerome M. Mileur

The third discontinuity is the return of mass immigration to America. In passing the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, the Johnson administration and the bipartisan legislative leadership explained that the law 368 Hugh Davis ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Ecology: A-H

How Developmental Transitions Relate to Developmental Change Consistent with a developmental-contextual perspective,particularly with the notion of ecological transitions, developmental transitions contribute to continuity and discontinuity ...

Google previewMarine Affairs Dictionary (2004)

Terms, Concepts, Laws, Court Cases, and International Conventions and Agreements by Niels West

MOHO: See Mohorovicic Discontinuity. MOHOLE: A deep sea project commenced in 1957 to drill through the Mohorovicic Discontinuity to sample the underlying mantle. Because ...

Google previewSoil and Environmental Science Dictionary (2001)

by E.G. Gregorich, L. W. Turchenek, M.R. Carter, Denis A. Angers

In soil textural classification it includes clav loam, sandv clav loam, and silty clay loam, texture moderement fine Mohorovicic discontinuity A seismic discontinuity occurring between the crust of the Earth and the underlying mantle, across which ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Psychology (2007)

by Roy F. Baumeister, Kathleen D. Vohs

Definition The interindividual–intergroup discontinuity effect is the tendency in some settings for relations between groups to be more competitive, or less...

Google previewThe MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders (2004)

by Raymond D. Kent, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

an ear with traumatic ossicular discontinuity; the audiogram showed a maximum conductive hearing loss with ...

Google previewDictionary of Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy (2001)

by Richard A. Matzner

Conrad discontinuity This implies that the tangent vectors to the congruence form a vector field and, further, every smooth vectorfield generates a congruence. See vector field. conical spacetime string). See deficit angle (cosmic conics Pitch ...

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Condensed Matter Physics (2004)

by Charles P. Poole, Jr.

In the case of an electromagnetic field, the electromagnetic shock waves arise due to a discontinuity of field intensity, and in case of discontinuities of density the concept of density shock wave is used. Consider the velocity u of a shock wave ...

Google previewThe Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics (2008)

Fourth edition by David Nelson

has a removable discontinuity at x = 0, which can be removed by letting f(0)=0. Removable and jump discontinuities are simple discontinuities. A function f may not have a finite left-or right-hand limit at x = c, or the function may be undefined at ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Obesity and Eating Disorders, Third Edition (2009)

by Dana K. Cassell, David H. Gleaves

continuity/discontinuity models of eating disorders. Both forms of CLA were equally effective in body fat mass reduction and considered safe when used for one year in healthy, overweight adults.

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Discontinuity Meaning

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Quotes about discontinuity

Certainly, it may bring to light such a deeper knowledge of the structure of matter as to constitute a veritable discontinuity in the progress of science. (Ernest Lawrence)
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The value of this 13-letter word is 19 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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