constant

See also: Constant

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English constant, from Old French constant, from Latin constantem, accusative of constans, from constare (to stand firm).

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constant (comparative more constant, superlative most constant)

  1. Unchanged through time or space; permanent.
  2. Consistently recurring over time; persistent.
    • 2013 November 16, Schumpeter, “The mindfulness business”, in The Economist, volume 409, number 8862:
      The constant pinging of electronic devices is driving many people to the end of their tether. Electronic devices not only overload the senses and invade leisure time. They feed on themselves: the more people tweet the more they are rewarded with followers and retweets.
  3. Steady in purpose, action, feeling, etc.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir Philip Sidney and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Both loving one fair maid, they yet remained constant friends.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene ii]:
      I am constant to my purposes.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      His gifts, his constant courtship, nothing gained.
  4. Firm; solid; not fluid.
    • (Can we date this quote by Robert Boyle and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      If [] you mix them, you may turn these two fluid liquors into a constant body.
  5. (obsolete) Consistent; logical.
    • c. 1601-1602, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night IV.ii
      I am no more mad than you are: make the trial of it with any constant question.
  6. (computing, complexity theory) Bounded above by a constant.
    constant time   constant space

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NounEdit

constant (plural constants)

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  1. That which is permanent or invariable.
  2. (algebra) A quantity that remains at a fixed value throughout a given discussion.
  3. (sciences) Any property of an experiment, determined numerically, that does not change under given circumstances.
  4. (computing) An identifier that is bound to an invariant value; a fixed value given a name to aid in readability of source code.

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin cōnstāns.

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AdjectiveEdit

constant (masculine and feminine plural constants)

  1. constant
    Antonym: inconstant

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constant f (plural constants)

  1. constant

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin constans.

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constant (feminine singular constante, masculine plural constants, feminine plural constantes)

  1. constant

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VerbEdit

cōnstant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of cōnstō