Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

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.
Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
Two others remained open-mouthed a whole min- ute, then dashed into the little cabin, to rush out in- continently and stand darting scared glances, with Win- chesters at 'ready' in their hands.
Besides this it also organizes continently and regional competitions as well.
Chaucer, still unceasing with his "good sense," stands continently at the head of a poetic stream; Cowley, now justifiably "sunk," sweeps indiscriminately in its depths.