Asia[ā′z̸hə; chiefly Brit, -s̸hə]
Asia definition by Webster's New World
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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: Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Akkadian āṣū, to rise (of the sun), go out
Asia definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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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.