n. pl. con·tin·u·a (-tĭny-ə) or con·tin·u·ums
1. A continuous extent, succession, or whole, no part of which can be distinguished from neighboring parts except by arbitrary division.
a. A set having the same number of points as all the real numbers in an interval.
b. The set of all real numbers.
[Latin, neuter of continuus, continuous; see CONTINUE.]
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