Continent definition

kŏntə-nənt
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One of the principal land masses of the earth, usually regarded as including Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.
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A continent is defined as one of the seven main land masses on Earth.
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Exercising continence.
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Exercising self-restraint; controlled, temperate with respect to one's bodily needs or passions, especially sex.
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Antarctica - 0 people in 5,300,000 square miles.
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Europe - 738,199,000 people in 46 countries in 3,930,000 square miles.
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Australia - 29,127,000 people in 14 countries in 3,478,200 square miles.

An example of a continent is North America.

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Each of the main continuous land-masses on the earth's surface, now generally regarded as seven in number, including their related islands, continental shelfs etc.
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Not interrupted; connected; continuous.

A continent fever.

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Mainland Europe, as seen from the British Isles.
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Exercising continence.
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The mainland.
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(rare) A thing that retains or contains something.
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The definition of continent is having control over urination, defecation and/or sexual urges.

An example of a continent person is someone who knows when he has to go to the bathroom and uses it.

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Asia - 4,164,252,000 people (60% of the world's population) in 44 countries in 16,920,000 square miles.
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Africa - 1,022,234,000 people (14% of the world's population) in 53 countries in 11,730,000 square miles.
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North America - 542,056,000 people in 23 countries in 9,460,000 square miles.
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South America - 392,555,000 people in 12 countries in 6,890,000 square miles.
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The mainland of Europe. Used with the.
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Characterized by self-restraint in, esp. by total abstinence from, sexual activity.
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Self-restrained; temperate.
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One of the seven great landmasses of the Earth. The continents are Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.
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(obs.) Restrictive.
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Any of the main large land areas of the earth, conventionally regarded (with or without outlying islands) as units; Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America, and, usually, Antarctica.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
continent
Plural:
continents

Origin of continent

  • Latin (terra) continēns continent- continuous (land) present participle of continēre to hold together contain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Latin continēns present participle of continēre to restrain contain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French continent, from Latin continentem (“continuous; holding together”), present participle of continēre (“to contain”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin continēntem, noun use of present participle of continēre (“to contain”).

    From Wiktionary