Definitions for continentˈkɒn tn ənt

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. continent(noun)

    one of the large landmasses of the earth

    "there are seven continents"; "pioneers had to cross the continent on foot"

  2. Continent(adj)

    the European mainland

    "Englishmen like to visit the Continent but they wouldn't like to live there"

  3. continent(adj)

    having control over urination and defecation

  4. celibate, continent(adj)

    abstaining from sexual intercourse

    "celibate priests"

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  1. Continent(Noun)

    An Encratite.

  2. Continent(ProperNoun)

    The Old World.

  3. Continent(ProperNoun)

    Mainland Europe, as seen from the British Isles.

  4. Origin: From continentem, noun use of present participle of continere.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Continent(adj)

    serving to restrain or limit; restraining; opposing

  2. Continent(adj)

    exercising restraint as to the indulgence of desires or passions; temperate; moderate

  3. Continent(adj)

    abstaining from sexual intercourse; exercising restraint upon the sexual appetite; esp., abstaining from illicit sexual intercourse; chaste

  4. Continent(adj)

    not interrupted; connected; continuous; as, a continent fever

  5. Continent(adj)

    that which contains anything; a receptacle

  6. Continent(adj)

    one of the grand divisions of land on the globe; the main land; specifically (Phys. Geog.), a large body of land differing from an island, not merely in its size, but in its structure, which is that of a large basin bordered by mountain chains; as, the continent of North America

  7. Origin: [L. continens, prop., a holding together: cf. F. continent. See Continent, a.]

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  1. Continent

    A continent is one of several very large landmasses on Earth. They are generally identified by convention rather than any strict criteria, with up to seven regions commonly regarded as continents—they are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia. In geology, continents are described by means of tectonic plates. Plate tectonics is the process and study of the movement, collision and division of continents, earlier known as continental drift.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'continent' in Nouns Frequency: #1894

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