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con•ti•nent(ˈkɒn tn ənt)
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.
When people talk about the Continent, they mean the mainland of Europe, especially central and southern Europe.
|Noun||1.||continent - 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
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"