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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 previewNonlinear Conservation Laws, Fluid Systems and Related Topics (2009)

by Gui-Qiang Chen

is in H, with ul e y_, the latter discontinuity is a Lax shock and therefore it admits a viscous shock profile.

Google previewProximity Levinas, Blanchot, Bataille and Communication (2012)

by Joseph Libertson

Discontinuity is a dispersion which is a unicity. Its closure is its involvement with differentiation, and thus the impossibility of its closure. Although ...

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 previewReport (1880)

by British Association for the Advancement of Science

discontinuity is the simplest interpretation. When a base line is assumed, and ordinates are measured with reference to that, it is a question whether the assumption that the second differential is constant is not as good as the assumption that ...

Google previewAnnual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution (1904)

1903 by Smithsonian Institution. Board of Regents

To Mendeleeff this irregular discontinuity is an argument against the unity of matter, or rather an indication that ...

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 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 previewMoved by the Past (2014)

Discontinuity and Historical Mutation by Eelco Runia

on an experiential level discontinuity is the extent to which a particular event wasn't supposed to happen, the extent, that is, to which the event was at odds with the worldview from which it emerged.

Google previewNonuniform Sampling (2001)

Theory and Practice by Farokh Marvasti

There is also a discontinuity at the same time instant caused by the change of delay. A discontinuity means a sudden change in the corresponding continuous- time signal. The discontinuity of the output signal is simply caused by the fact that ...

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 previewEncyclopedia of Human Ecology: A-H (2003)

by Julia R. Miller

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 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 previewEncyclopedia of Research Design (2010)

by Neil J. Salkind

Regression discontinuity (RD) is a two-group, pre- post, quasi-experimental method for evaluating the effect of an intervention. Assignment to the experimental or comparison group is based on the value of some variable. That variable can be ...

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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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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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