From contin(eō) (to hold together) +‎ -uus.



continuus (feminine continua, neuter continuum, adverb continuō); first/second-declension adjective

  1. continuous, uninterrupted, successive, lasting
    Synonyms: continuātus, diuturnus
  2. (temporal) straight, in a row, whole
    Biennio continuo post adeptum imperiumFor two whole years after assuming power
  3. (temporal) following one after another, successive, succeeding, continuous; i.e. the next [day], the following [night]
    • 8 CE, Ovid, Fasti 5.734:
      continuāque diē sīdus Hyantis erit
      [...] and on the next day, the asterism of Hyas will be [seen].
      (See: Hyas; Hyades.)
    • 8 CE, Ovid, Fasti 6.720:
      continuā Delphīn nocte videndus erit
      On the following night, the Dolphin will be visible.
      (See: Delphinus.)


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative continuus continua continuum continuī continuae continua
Genitive continuī continuae continuī continuōrum continuārum continuōrum
Dative continuō continuō continuīs
Accusative continuum continuam continuum continuōs continuās continua
Ablative continuō continuā continuō continuīs
Vocative continue continua continuum continuī continuae continua

Derived termsEdit



  • continuus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • continuus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • continuus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • continuus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • an allegory; continuous metaphor: continua translatio (Or. 27. 94)