constant
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒnstənt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɑnstənt/
Adjective

constant

  1. Unchanged through time or space; permanent.
  2. Consistently recurring over time; persistent.
  3. Steady in purpose, action, feeling, etc.
    • 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.
    • His gifts, his constant courtship, nothing gained.
  4. Firm; solid; not fluid.
    • If […] you mix them, you may turn these two fluid liquors into a constant body.
  5. (obsolete) Consistent; logical.
    • c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, 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 IV, scene 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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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. (science) 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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