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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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The largely aseismic Palawan-Mindoro microcontinent lies to the west representing a fragment rifted from mainland Eurasia in the mid Cenozoic, and to the east lies the seismically active Philippine Mobile Belt on which the majority of the country is located (Figure 1(a)).
Mauritia, which is classified as a microcontinent, is believed to have ( linked the southern part of the Indian subcontinent to the East African island of Madagascar more than 2,500 miles away.
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The Ophiolits surrounding the central Iran outcrop in the intermitent belt around central Iran Microcontinent [6].
The convergence of Baltica with the Avalonia microcontinent started in the Late Ordovician and might have affected the water exchange of the Baltic Basin with the ocean.
Waldron, J.W.E, and van Staal, C.R., 2001, Taconian orogeny and the accretion of the Dashwoods block: A peri-Laurentian microcontinent in the Iapetus Ocean: Geology, v.
Well-illustrated with maps, diagrams, and b&w photos of rocks and fossils, the volume includes chapters on South American benthic faunas, devonian plants from SW Gondwana, early palaeozoic cooling events, and the 'microcontinent' Perunica.
Officially called a microcontinent, this shallow bank has been isolated from other continents for 50-60 million years.
This microcontinent's origins lie in the breakup of Gondwana, when India drifted northwards and Madagascar separated from Africa.
The Yili block is often considered to be a part of the Central Tianshan microcontinent, which has a Proterozoic basement extending westward into Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan [33,34].
Glaciation and ~770Ma Ediacara (?) fossils from the Lesser Karatau Microcontinent, Kazakhstan.