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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.
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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
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(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.
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One of the seven great landmasses of the Earth. The continents are Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.
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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.
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One of the world’s great unbroken land masses.
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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"
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Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America
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Exercising moderation and self-restraint in appetites and behavior:
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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)
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[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
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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
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[ˈkɒntɪnənt] n
a.continente m
b. (Brit) the Continentl'Europa continentale
on the Continent → in Europa
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(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
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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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To promote and protect these enterprises, a company was incorporated by the Russian government with exclusive privileges, and a capital of two hundred and sixty thousand pounds sterling; and the sovereignty of that part of the American continent, along the coast of which the posts had been established, was claimed by the Russian crown, on the plea that the land had been discovered and occupied by its subjects.
But my husband"--her voice softened, the chill increased--"has very little faith in the Continent, and our children have all taken after him."
To us here, for instance, the East Wind comes across a great continent, sweeping over the greatest body of solid land upon this earth.
I suggested that we cross the Channel and ascertain if we could not discover a more enlightened and civilized people upon the continent. I was sure that some trace of the ancient culture and greatness of Europe must remain.
He spoke disrespectfully of the equator, he skipped from continent to continent, he derided the zones, he mopped up the high seas with his napkin.
They had been the settlers of thirteen separate and distinct English colonies, along the margin of the shore of the North American Continent; contiguously situated, but chartered by adventurers of characters variously diversified, including sectarians, religious and political, of all the classes which for the two preceding centuries had agitated and divided the people of the British islands--and with them were intermingled the descendants of Hollanders, Swedes, Germans, and French fugitives from the persecution of the revoker of the Edict of Nantes.
It is generally believed that the Aborigines of the American continent have an Asiatic origin.
Crawley made an expedition into England, leaving behind her her little son upon the continent, under the care of her French maid.
In the southern part of the continent, where the western gales, charged with moisture from the Pacific, prevail, every island on the broken west coast, from lat.
Contrary to the arrangement followed for that of the Earth and Mars, the continents occupy more particularly the southern hemisphere of the lunar globe.
Not to mention rumours which agitated the maritime population and excited the public mind, even in the interior of continents, seafaring men were particularly excited.
The birds which are confined to continents are, according to Mr.