Incessant In*ces"sant, a. [L. incessans, -antis; pref. in- not + cessare to cease: cf. F. incessant. See {Cease}.] Continuing or following without interruption; unceasing; unitermitted; uninterrupted; continual; as, incessant clamors; incessant pain, etc. [1913 Webster]

Against the castle gate, . . . Which with incessant force and endless hate, They batter'd day and night and entrance did await. --Spenser.

Syn: Unceasing; uninterrupted; unintermitted; unremitting; ceaseless; continual; constant; perpetual. [1913 Webster]

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