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Definition of discontinuity

What does discontinuity mean?


  1. lack of connection or continuity

Alternative definition


  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

Phrases with discontinuity

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

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for discontinuity

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Google previewPlasma Astrophysics, Part II (2012)

Reconnection and Flares by Boris V. Somov

The origin of this effect lies in the fact that the thickness of a tangential discontinuity is a continuously growing value if the electrical resistivity is finite. After its creation the B, component starts to evolve in accordance with the diffusion equation ...

Google previewWriting Art and Architecture (2010)

by Andrew E. 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 previewThe Assumptions Behind the Theory of Evolution (2011)

Why We Are Taught Assumptions as Codified Facts of Science by Dave A. Schoch

Discontinuity is the exact opposite of descent with modification. Descent with modification would be represented by tight ancestor — descendant relationships codified in both the living and fossil realms if there were intermediate or transitional ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Ecology: I-Z

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 previewThe MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders (2004)

by Raymond D. Kent, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

an ear with traumatic ossicular discontinuity; the audio- gram showed a maximum conductive hearing loss ...

Google previewCRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics, Second Edition (2002)

by Eric W. Weisstein

Discontinuity Discrepancy Theorem 779 • discontinuity A point at which a mathematical object is DISCONTINUOUS. Discontinuous Not CONTINUOUS. A point at which a function is discontinuous is called a DISCONTINUITY, ...

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.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Soil Science (2008)

by Ward Chesworth

The surface-weathering mantle here transgresses the lithological discontinuity and the geo- morphological unconformity. The sequence of events is thus deposition, then erosion followed by a second deposition, with subsequent weathering ...

Google previewThe Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics (2009)

by Christopher Clapham, James Nicholson

discontinuity directrix (directrices) See CONIC, ELLIPsE, HYPERBOLA and PARABOLA. direct variation See PROPORTION. Dirichlet, Peter Gustav Lejeune (1805-59) German mathematician who was professor at the University of Berlin ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Inland Waters (2009)

Serial Discontinuity Concept Following shortly on the heels of the RCC was the Serial Discontinuity Concept (SDC). The continuous change in physicochemical conditions and biological characteristics stipulated in the RCC is hypothesized in  ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Technology and Innovation Management (2010)

by V. K. Narayanan, Gina Colarelli O'Connor

This results in a discontinuity, and the innovation cycle starts again with the fluid phase with ...

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Scrabble value of D2I1S1C3O1N1T1I1N1U1I1T1Y4

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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