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con·ti·nent 1

1. One of the principal land masses of the earth, usually regarded as including Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.
2. Continent The mainland of Europe. Used with the.

[Latin (terra) continēns, continent-, continuous (land), present participle of continēre, to hold together; see contain.]

con·ti·nent 2

Exercising continence.

[Middle English, from Latin continēns, present participle of continēre, to restrain; see contain.]

con′ti·nent·ly adv.


1. (Physical Geography) one of the earth's large land masses (Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, North and South America, and Antarctica)
2. (Physical Geography) that part of the earth's crust that rises above the oceans and is composed of sialic rocks. Including the continental shelves, the continents occupy 30 per cent of the earth's surface
3. (Physical Geography) obsolete
a. mainland as opposed to islands
b. a continuous extent of land
[C16: from the Latin phrase terra continens continuous land, from continēre; see contain]
continental adj
ˌcontiˈnentally adv


1. (Medicine) able to control urination and defecation
2. exercising self-restraint, esp from sexual activity; chaste
[C14: from Latin continent-, present participle of continēre; see contain]
ˈcontinence, ˈcontinency n
ˈcontinently adv


(Placename) the Continent the mainland of Europe as distinguished from the British Isles


(ˈkɒn tn ənt)

1. one of the main landmasses of the globe, usu. reckoned as seven in number (Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Australia, and Antarctica).
2. the mainland, as distinguished from islands or peninsulas.
3. the Continent, the mainland of Europe, as distinguished from the British Isles.
4. a continuous tract, as of land.
5. Archaic. something that serves as a container or boundary.
6. characterized by or exercising self-restraint, esp. in sexual activity.
7. able to control urinary and fecal discharge.
8. Obs. containing; being a container.
9. Obs. restraining or restrictive.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin continent-, s. of continēns, present participle of continēre to contain]
con′ti•nent•ly, adv.


One of the seven great landmasses of the Earth. The continents are Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.


1. 'continent'

A continent is a very large area of land surrounded or almost surrounded by sea. A continent usually consists of several countries. Africa and Asia are continents.

They travelled across the South American continent.
2. 'the Continent'

When people talk about the Continent, they mean the mainland of Europe, especially central and southern Europe.

On the Continent, the tradition has been quite different.
Sea traffic between the United Kingdom and the Continent was halted.


One of the world’s great unbroken land masses.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.continent - one of the large landmasses of the earthcontinent - one of the large landmasses of the earth; "there are seven continents"; "pioneers had to cross the continent on foot"
craton - the part of a continent that is stable and forms the central mass of the continent; typically Precambrian
land mass, landmass - a large continuous extent of land
subcontinent - a large and distinctive landmass (as India or Greenland) that is a distinct part of some continent
2.Continent - the European mainland; "Englishmen like to visit the Continent but they wouldn't like to live there"
Europe - the 2nd smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use `Europe' to refer to all of the continent except the British Isles
Adj.1.continent - having control over urination and defecation
incontinent - not having control over urination and defecation
2.continent - abstaining from sexual intercourse; "celibate priests"
chaste - morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse); "a holy woman innocent and chaste"




Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America


Exercising moderation and self-restraint in appetites and behavior:
قَارَّةقارَّة أوروبا بِدون بَريطانياقارَّه
kontinentKontinentetverdensdeldet europæiske fastlandholde sig
heimsálfameginlandsem getur haldiî í sér
Európaschopný zadržať močsvetadiel
kıtaKıta Avrupasıanakarakendini tutabilen
lục địa


1 [ˈkɒntɪnənt] ADJcontinente


2 [ˈkɒntɪnənt] N
1. (Geog) → continente m
2. (Brit) the Continentel continente europeo, Europa f (continental)
on the Continenten Europa (continental)


[ˈkɒntɪnənt] n
(= land mass) → continent m
How many continents are there? → Combien y a-t-il de continents?
(British) (= Europe) the Continent → l'Europe continentale
I've never been to the Continent → Je ne suis jamais allé en Europe continentale.
on the Continent → en Europe continentale


adj the old lady was not continent (Med) → die alte Dame konnte ihre Darmtätigkeit/Blasentätigkeit nicht mehr kontrollieren


n (Geog) → Kontinent m, → Erdteil m; (= mainland)Festland nt; the Continent (of Europe) (Brit) → Kontinentaleuropa nt; on the Continentin Europa, auf dem Kontinent


[ˈkɒntɪnənt] n
a.continente m
b. (Brit) the Continentl'Europa continentale
on the Continent → in Europa


(ˈkontinənt) noun
1. one of the great divisions of the land surface of the world – Europe, America, Australia, Asia or Africa.
2. Europe excluding Britain. We are going to the continent for our holidays.
ˌcontiˈnental (-ˈnen-) adjective
continental breakfast
a light breakfast of rolls and coffee.
continental shelf noun
the part of a continent that is under a relatively shallow sea.


(ˈkontinənt) adjective
able to control especially the bladder and/or bowel.
ˈcontinence noun


قَارَّة kontinent kontinent Kontinent ήπειρος continente maanosa continent kontinent continente 大陸 대륙 continent kontinent kontynent continente континент kontinent ทวีป kıta lục địa 大陆
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I'm going to write you a regular volume, for I've got heaps to tell, though I'm not a fine young lady traveling on the continent.
It is generally believed that the Aborigines of the American continent have an Asiatic origin.
Thus we behold Kentucke, lately an howling wilderness, the habitation of savages and wild beasts, become a fruitful field; this region, so favourably distinguished by nature, now become the habitation of civilization, at a period unparalleled in history, in the midst of a raging war, and under all the disadvantages of emigration to a country so remote from the inhabited parts of the continent.
Pyncheon had visited England, where he married a lady of fortune, and had subsequently spent many years, partly in the mother country, and partly in various cities on the continent of Europe.
They were nearly all Islanders in the Pequod, Isolatoes too, I call such, not acknowledging the common continent of men, but each Isolato living on a separate continent of his own.
Anybody who could invent a new imitation had been sure of a fortune from old Durham, said Jurgis' informant; but it was hard to think of anything new in a place where so many sharp wits had been at work for so long; where men welcomed tuberculosis in the cattle they were feeding, because it made them fatten more quickly; and where they bought up all the old rancid butter left over in the grocery stores of a continent, and "oxidized" it by a forced-air process, to take away the odor, rechurned it with skim milk, and sold it in bricks in the cities
Let us, then, all take hold together, with all our might, and see what we can do with this new enterprise, and the whole splendid continent of Africa opens before us and our children.
Sighing, he dipped his brush and passed it along the topmost plank; repeated the operation; did it again; compared the in- significant whitewashed streak with the far-reaching continent of unwhitewashed fence, and sat down on a tree-box discouraged.
Did he finish his education on the Continent, and come back a gentleman?
The only delay on my side will be caused by the necessity of discovering the place of Michael Vanstone's residence on the Continent.
Beyond this flood a frozen Continent Lies dark and wilde, beat with perpetual storms Of Whirlwind and dire Hail, which on firm land Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice, A gulf profound as that SERBONIAN Bog Betwixt DAMIATA and mount CASIUS old, Where Armies whole have sunk: the parching Air Burns frore, and cold performs th' effect of Fire.
You had better wait until you come back from the continent.