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Definition a continuous range or gradual transition in which there are no clear dividing lines
  • a vast continuum of options
  • a snapshot in a continuum of change
  • the smooth, unbroken, space-time continuum
  • He broadened his focus, and the individual voices clamoring for his attention subsided into a continuum of the emotions surrounding him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • These two groups may be next to each other on the word-of-mouth continuum.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • We see the child's perception as he moves through a horrifying continuum, from an idealistic family life to becoming a "prisoner of war" in his own home.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • There is a balance, a kind of standoff between the time continuum and the human entity, our frail bundle of soma and psyche.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Vlad wagered it had to do with the space-time continuum or a cruel joke played by Fate.
    Heather Brewer  --  Tenth Grade Bleeds
  • "Continua cercando!" one yelled into a telephone.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It took practice to stay inside the Continuum and master basic navigational skills.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • His moody smile suggested he'd found his Genevieve, just beyond time just beyond space just beyond this continuum.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • But at the same time, you, in the act of loving somebody, become real, cease to be a part of the continuum of the uncreated clay and get the breath of life in you and rise up.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • We look forward to you, alumni, coming back, an effort for you to have a continuity, a continuum, for you to help someone else who's been in your place and knows what it's like to go to Ballou.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The philosophy book, which is called The Meeting of East and West, by F. S. C. Northrop, suggests that greater cognizance be made of the "undifferentiated aesthetic continuum" from which the theoretic arises.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Adams had chosen to say nothing of any of his own attainments, but rather to place himself as part of a continuum, and to evoke those qualities of character that he had been raised on and that he had strived for so long to uphold.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • If one recognizes the condition of structural violence, one can understand that profound racist prejudice and outbursts of murderous violence are part of a continuum of ever-present violence in which violence is the answer to violence, and in which victims temporarily become perpetrators and then victims again.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • There were certain moments when through such a nonchalant gesture—opening a door, brushing her hair, throwing bread to the Prospect Park swans (it had something to do with motion, attitude, the tilt of head, a flow of arms, a swing of hips)—she created a continuum of beauty that was positively breath-taking.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Undeterred by that cautionary bruise on their colleague's coccyx, four other reporters, representing the New York Times, the Frankfurt Four-Dimensional Continuum, The Fordian Science Monitor, and The Delta Mirror, called that afternoon at the lighthouse and met with receptions of progressively increasing violence.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • For instance, at the very moment that Arthur said, "I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my life-style," a freak wormhole opened up in the fabric of the space-time continuum and carried his words far far back in time across almost infinite reaches of space to a distant Galaxy where strange and warlike beings were poised on the brink of frightful interstellar battle.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • It was a long, exhausting journey without the ease of travel once afforded by The Crystal Continuum.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars

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