KJV Dictionary Definition: continual


CONTINUAL, a. L. See Continue.

1. Proceeding without interruption or cessation; unceasing; not intermitting; used in reference to time.

He that hath a merry heart hath a continual feast. Proverbs 15.

I have great heaviness and continual sorrow of heart. Romans 9.

2. Very frequent; often repeated; as, the charitable man has continual application for alms.

3. Continual fever, or continued fever, a fever that abates, but never entirely intermits, till it comes to a crisis; thus distinguished from remitting and intermitting fever.

4. Continual claim, in law, a claim that is made from time to time within every year or day, to land or other estate, the possession of which cannot be obtained without hazard.

5. Perpetual.



1. Without pause or cessation; unceasingly; as, the ocean is continually rolling its waves on the shore.

2. Very often; in repeated succession; from time to time.

Thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. 2 Samuel 9.


CONTINUALNESS, n. Permanence.


CONTINUANCE, n. See Continue.

1. A holding on or remaining in a particular state, or in a course or series. Applied to time, duration; a state of lasting; as the continuance of rain or fair weather for a day or week. Sensual pleasure is of short continuance.

2. Perseverance; as, no excuse will justify a continuance in sin.

By patient continuance in well doing. Romans 2.

3. Abode; residence; as, during our continuance in Paris.

4. Succession uninterrupted; continuation; a prolonging of existence; as, the brute regards the continuance of his species.

5. Progression of time.

In thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned. Psalm 139.

6. In law, the deferring of a suit, or the giving of a day for the parties to a suit to appear. After issue or demurrer joined, as well as in some of the previous stages of proceeding, a day is continually given, and entered upon record, for the parties to appear on from time to time. The giving of this day is called a continuance.

7. In the United States, the deferring of a trial or suit from one stated term of the court to another.

8. Continuity; resistance to a separation of parts; a holding together. Not used.


CONTINUATE, v.t. To join closely together.


1. Immediately united; holding together. Little used.

2. Uninterrupted; unbroken. Little used.


CONTINUATELY, adv. With continuity; without interruption. Little used.



1. Extension of existence in a series or line; succession uninterrupted.

These things must be the works of providence, for the continuation of the species.

2. Extension or carrying on to a further point; as the continuation of a story.

3. Extension in space; production; a carrying on in length; as the continuation of a line in surveying.



1. An expression noting permanence or duration.

To these may be added continuatives; as, Rome remains to this day; which includes at least two propositions, viz. Rome was, and Rome is.

2. In grammar, a word that continues.


CONTINUATOR, n. One who continues or keeps up a series or succession.


CONTINUE, v.i. L., to hold. See Tenet.

1. To remain in a state, or place; to abide for any time indefinitely.

The multitude continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat. Matthew 15.

2. To last; to be durable; to endure; to be permanent.

Thy kingdom shall not continue. 1 Samuel 13.

3. To persevere; to be steadfast or constant in any course.

If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. John 8.


1. To protract; not to cease from or to terminate.

O continue thy loving kindness to them that know thee. Psalm 36.

2. To extend from one thing to another; to produce or draw out in length. Continue the line from A to B. Let the line be continued to the boundary.

3. To persevere in; not to cease to do or use; as, to continue the same diet.

4. To hold to or unite. Not used.

The navel continues the infant to its mother.



1. Drawn out; protracted; produced; extended in length; extended without interruption.

2. a. Extended in time without intermission; proceeding without cessation; unceasing; as a continued fever, which abates but never entirely intermits. A continued base is performed through the whole piece.

Continued proportion, in arithmetic, is where the consequent of the first ratio is the same with the antecedent of the second, as 4 : 8 : : 8 : 16, in contradistinction from discrete proportion.


CONTINUER, n. One who continues; cone that has the power of perseverance.



1. Remaining fixed or permanent; abiding; lasting; enduring; persevering; protracting; producing in length.

2. a. Permanent.

Here we have no continuing city. Hebrews 13.


CONTINUITY, n. L. Connection uninterrupted; cohesion; close union of parts; unbroken texture.

Philosophers talk of the solution of continuity.


CONTINUOUS, a. L. Joined without intervening space; as continuous depth.