What does continent mean?

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ˈkɒn tn əntcon·ti·nent

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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"


  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

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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Continent

    kon′ti-nent, n. a large extent of land not broken up by seas: the mainland of Europe: one of the great divisions of the land surface of the globe.—adj. restraining the indulgence of pleasure, esp. sexual: temperate: virtuous.—ns. Con′tinence, Con′tinency, the restraint imposed by a person upon his desires and passions: self-restraint in sexual indulgence, often absolute: chastity.—adj. Continent′al, characteristic of a continent, as of climate, &c.: pertaining to the European continent, or to the colonies of North America at the period of independence.—n. Continent′alism, anything peculiar to the usage of the Continent.—adv. Con′tinently.—Continental system, the name given to Napoleon's plan for shutting out England from all commercial connection with Europe. [L. continentemcontinēre, to contain—con, together, tenĕre, to hold.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. continent

    In geography, a large extent of land which is not entirely surrounded by water, or separated from other lands by the sea, as Europe, Asia, and Africa. It is also used in contradistinction to island, though America seems insulated.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of continent in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of continent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of continent in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Waldhauser:

    They want to have influence on the continent.

  2. Southern Africa Deon Geyser:

    The consolidation on the continent will be good for us.

  3. Aboubaker Omar Hadi:

    We don't want to depend only on one side, one continent, one country.

  4. Angela Merkel:

    Europe must show it is a continent of values, a continent of solidarity.

  5. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban:

    All of a sudden we will see that we are in minority in our own continent.

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