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constant

1. a specific quantity that is always invariable
2. 
a. Maths a symbol representing an unspecified number that remains invariable throughout a particular series of operations
b. Physics a theoretical or experimental quantity or property that is considered invariable throughout a particular series of calculations or experiments
3. See logical constant
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Constant

 

in prosody, a constant element in the rhythmic organization of verse; mainly, a constant stress on a certain syllable. Thus, in the verse of M. Iu. Lermontov’s narrative poem Mtsyri, the constant is the constant word boundary after each eighth syllable (boundary of the verse) and the constant stress on the last, eighth syllable of each segment.

Vse luchshe pered kem-nibúd’
Slovami oblegchit’ mne grúd;
No liudiam ia ne delal zlá,
I potomu moi delá
Ne mnogo pol’zy vain uznát’;
A dushu mozhno l’ rasskazát’? … 

Constant

 

a quality that has the same value throughout a given discussion. The constancy of the quality x can be expressed symbolically as x = const. Constants are often represented by the letters C and K.

constant

[′kän·stənt]
(science and technology)
A value that does not change during a particular process.

constant

In programming, a fixed value in a program. Minimum and maximum amounts, dates, prices, headlines and error messages are examples.
References in classic literature ?
Instead of studying books so constantly, how I wish that our schools and colleges might learn to study men and things!
Notwithstanding his affliction, he worked almost constantly night and day for the cause to which he had given his life.
Life at Hampton was a constant revelation to me; was constantly taking me into a new world.
Constantly, however, the thought of Naratu and her temper arose to take the keen edge from his pleasant imaginings.
No, Bulan, you could never have been a criminal," replied the loyal girl, "but there is one possibility that has been haunting me constantly.
But she had heard of late that her son had refused a position offered him of great importance to his career, simply in order to remain in the regiment, where he could be constantly seeing Madame Karenina.
It was his whim or humour to ride immediately before the chaise, and from this position he constantly turned his head, and looked back.
After glancing at herself as a comparatively worthless vessel, but still as one of some desert, she besought her to bear in mind that her aforesaid dear and only mother was of a weakly constitution and excitable temperament, who had constantly to sustain afflictions in domestic life, compared with which thieves and robbers were as nothing, and yet never sunk down or gave way to despair or wrath, but, in prize-fighting phraseology, always came up to time with a cheerful countenance, and went in to win as if nothing had happened.
Whatever they could prove (which is usually anything you like), they proved there, in an army constantly strengthening by the arrival of new recruits.
Gradgrind, with a mingled sense of politeness and injury, 'to be constantly addressing him and never giving him a name.
But what added most to the grotesque expression of his face was a ghastly smile, which, appearing to be the mere result of habit and to have no connection with any mirthful or complacent feeling, constantly revealed the few discoloured fangs that were yet scattered in his mouth, and gave him the aspect of a panting dog.
I could form no comprehension of his character, unless he were one of those miserable wretches who, having made gain the sole end and object of their lives and having succeeded in amassing great riches, are constantly tortured by the dread of poverty, and best by fears of loss and ruin.