one of the large landmasses of the earth
"there are seven continents"; "pioneers had to cross the continent on foot"
the European mainland
"Englishmen like to visit the Continent but they wouldn't like to live there"
having control over urination and defecation
abstaining from sexual intercourse
The Old World.
Mainland Europe, as seen from the British Isles.
Origin: From continentem, noun use of present participle of continere.
serving to restrain or limit; restraining; opposing
exercising restraint as to the indulgence of desires or passions; temperate; moderate
abstaining from sexual intercourse; exercising restraint upon the sexual appetite; esp., abstaining from illicit sexual intercourse; chaste
not interrupted; connected; continuous; as, a continent fever
that which contains anything; a receptacle
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
Origin: [L. continens, prop., a holding together: cf. F. continent. See Continent, a.]
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
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. continentem—continēre, to contain—con, together, tenĕre, to hold.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'continent' in Nouns Frequency: #1894
The numerical value of continent in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of continent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The consolidation on the continent will be good for us.
Europe must show it is a continent of values, a continent of solidarity.
All of a sudden we will see that we are in minority in our own continent.
No man is an island, entire of itself every man is a piece of the continent.
Not many people think about the African continent and its potential for earthquakes.
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Translations for continent
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- мацяры́к, кантыне́нтBelarusian
- умерен, контине́нт, сдържанBulgarian
- continentCatalan, Valencian
- světadíl, kontinentCzech
- Kontinent, ErdteilGerman
- maailmajagu, mannerEstonian
- maanosa, mannerFinnish
- kontinens, földrész, világrészHungarian
- kontinentas, žemynasLithuanian
- kontinents, savaldīgsLatvian
- ഭൂഖണ്ഡം, വന്കരMalayalam
- тив, эх газарMongolian
- continent, werelddeelDutch
- контине́нт, матери́кRussian
- континент, kontinentSerbo-Croatian
- මහාද්වීපSinhala, Sinhalese
- svetadiel, kontinentSlovak
- celina, kontinentSlovene
- ఖండం, ఖండముTelugu
- kontinent, materikTurkmen
- kontinente, lupalop, sanlupainTagalog
- матери́к, контине́нтUkrainian
- qitʼa, kontinentUzbek
- đại lụcVietnamese
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