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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

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 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 previewConcepts and Theories of Human Development (2001)

by Richard M. Lerner

Discontinuity means change.

Google previewWriting Art and Architecture

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 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: 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 audio- gram showed a maximum conductive hearing loss ...

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 ...

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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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