Definitions for continentˈkɒn tn ənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•ti•nentˈkɒn tn ənt(n.)

  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).

    Category: Geography (terms)

  2. the mainland, as distinguished from islands or peninsulas.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  3. the Continent, the mainland of Europe, as distinguished from the British Isles.

    Category: Geography (places)

  4. a continuous tract, as of land.

  5. Archaic. something that serves as a container or boundary.

  6. (adj.)characterized by or exercising self-restraint, esp. in sexual activity.

  7. able to control urinary and fecal discharge.

    Category: Medicine

  8. Obs. containing; being a container.

  9. Obs. restraining or restrictive.

Origin of continent:

1350–1400; ME < L continent-, s. of continēns, prp. of continēre to contain


Princeton's WordNet

  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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. continent(noun)ˈkɒn tn ənt

    one of the large land masses of the world

    the continent of Africa; continental shifts


  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 Dictionary

  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


  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.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Translations for continent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


one of the great divisions of the land surface of the world– Europe, America, Australia, Asia or Africa.

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