AskDefine | Define discontinuity

Dictionary Definition

discontinuity n : lack of connection of continuity [ant: continuity]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. a lack of continuity, regularity or sequence; a break or gap
  2. a subterranean interface at which seismic velocities change
  3. a point in the range of a function at which it is undefined or not continuous


*German: Diskontinuität

Extensive Definition

Discontinuity can be:
Discontinuity may also refer to:
discontinuity in Estonian: Katkevus

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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