discontinuous

discontinuous
/dis'keuhn tin"yooh euhs/, adj.
1. not continuous; broken; interrupted; intermittent: a discontinuous chain of mountains; a discontinuous argument.
2. Math. (of a function at a point) not continuous at the point.
[1660-70; < ML discontinuus. See DIS-1, CONTINUOUS]

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