Asia[ā′z̸hə; chiefly Brit, -s̸hə]
largest continent, situated in the Eastern Hemisphere, bounded by the Arctic, Pacific, and Indian oceans, and separated from N Europe by the Ural Mountains: it includes, in addition to the nations on the land mass, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, & Indonesia: c. 17,400,000 sq mi (45,066,000 sq km); pop. c. 3,451,000,000
Origin of AsiaClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Akkadian āṣū, to rise (of the sun), go out
The world's largest continent. It occupies the eastern part of the Eurasian landmass and its adjacent islands and is separated from Europe by the Ural Mountains.
From Ancient Greek Ἀσία (Asia), from Mycenaean Greek a-si-wi-ya (aswiyā, “Aššuwan”) [script?], adjective from Hittite [script?] (Aššuwa, “northwest Anatolia”)