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constant

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French, from Latin constantem, from constare (to stand firm).

AdjectiveEdit

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”, 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.
    • Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)
      Both loving one fair maid, they yet remained constant friends.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      I am constant to my purposes.
    • John Dryden (1631-1700)
      His gifts, his constant courtship, nothing gained.
  4. Firm; solid; not fluid.
    • Robert Boyle (1627-1691)
      If [] you mix them, you may turn these two fluid liquors into a constant body.
  5. (obsolete) Consistent; logical.
    • Shakespeare, Twelfth Night IV.ii
      I am no more mad than you are: make the trial of it with any constant question.

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NounEdit

constant (plural constants)

  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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constant m, f (masculine and feminine plural constants)

  1. constant

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NounEdit

constant f (plural constants)

  1. constant

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

  1. constant

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VerbEdit

cōnstant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of cōnstō