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Meaning of CONTINENT

Pronunciation:  'kântnunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the European mainland; "Englishmen like to visit the Continent but they wouldn't like to live there"
  2. [n]  one of the large landmasses of the earth; "there are seven continents"; "pioneers had to cross the continent on foot"
  3. [adj]  abstaining from sexual intercourse; "celibate priests"
  4. [adj]  having control over urination and defecation

CONTINENT is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: celibate, chaste
 Antonyms: incontinent
 See Also: Africa, Antarctic continent, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, craton, Eurasia, Europe, Europe, Gondwanaland, landmass, Laurasia, North America, Pangaea, Pangea, South America, subcontinent



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con"ti*nent\, a. [L. continens, -entis, prop., p. pr.
    of continere to hold together, to repress: cf. F. continent.
    See {Contain}.]
    1. Serving to restrain or limit; restraining; opposing.
       [Obs.] --Shak.
    2. Exercising restraint as to the indulgence of desires or
       passions; temperate; moderate.
             Have a continent forbearance till the speed of his
             rage goes slower. --Shak.
    3. Abstaining from sexual intercourse; exercising restraint
       upon the sexual appetite; esp., abstaining from illicit
       sexual intercourse; chaste.
             My past life
             Hath been as continent, as chaste, as true,
             As I am now unhappy. --Shak.
    4. Not interrupted; connected; continuous; as, a continent
       fever. [Obs.]
             The northeast part of Asia is, if not continent with
             the west side of America, yet certainly it is the
             least disoined by sea of all that coast.
  2. \Con"ti*nent\, n. [L. continens, prop., a holding
    together: cf. F. continent. See {Continent}, a.]
    1. That which contains anything; a receptacle. [Obs.]
             The smaller continent which we call a pipkin. --Bp.
    2. 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.
    Note: The continents are now usually regarded as six in
          number: North America, South America, Europe, Asia,
          Africa, and Australia. But other large bodies of land
          are also reffered to as continents; as, the Antarctic
          continent; the continent of Greenland. Europe, Asia,
          and Africa are often grouped together as the Eastern
          Continent, and North and South America as the Western
    {The Continent}, the main land of Europe, as distinguished
       from the islands, especially from England.
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