continent

[kon-tn-uhnt]
noun
1.
one of the main landmasses of the globe, usually reckoned as seven in number (Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Australia, and Antarctica).
2.
a comparable landmass on another planet.
3.
the mainland, as distinguished from islands or peninsulas.
4.
the mainland of Europe, as distinguished from the British Isles.
5.
a continuous tract or extent, as of land.
6.
Archaic. something that serves as a container or boundary.
adjective
7.
exercising or characterized by restraint in relation to the desires or passions and especially to sexual desires; temperate.
8.
able to control urinary and fecal discharge.
9.
Obsolete, containing; being a container; capacious.
10.
Obsolete. restraining or restrictive.
11.
Obsolete. continuous; forming an uninterrupted tract, as land.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin continent- (stem of continēns, present participle of continēre to contain), equivalent to con- con- + -tin-, combining form of ten- hold + -ent- -ent

uncontinent, adjective
uncontinently, adverb
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continent1 (ˈkɒntɪnənt)
 
n
1.  one of the earth's large land masses (Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, North and South America, and Antarctica)
2.  that part of the earth's crust that rises above the oceans and is composed of sialic rocks. Including the continental shelves, the continents occupy 30 per cent of the earth's surface
3.  obsolete
 a.  mainland as opposed to islands
 b.  a continuous extent of land
 
[C16: from the Latin phrase terra continens continuous land, from continēre; see contain]
 
continental1
 
adj
 
conti'nentally1
 
adv

continent2 (ˈkɒntɪnənt)
 
adj
1.  able to control urination and defecation
2.  exercising self-restraint, esp from sexual activity; chaste
 
[C14: from Latin continent-, present participle of continēre; see contain]
 
'continence2
 
n
 
'continency2
 
n
 
'continently2
 
adv

Continent (ˈkɒntɪnənt)
 
n
the Continent the mainland of Europe as distinguished from the British Isles

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Word Origin & History

continent
late 14c., adj., "self-restraining," from L. continentem (nom. continens), prp. of continere "hold together" (see contain). Meaning moved from "exercising self-restraint" to "chaste" 14c., and to bowel and bladder control 19c. The houn in the geographical sense is from
1550s, from continent land (mid-15c.), translating L. terra continens "continuous land" (see continue).
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continent   (kŏn'tə-nənt)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
Glacier's water can be considered the headwaters of the entire continent.
Over the past decade they have expanded across a continent they thought was
  becoming indivisible.
Its economy is growing faster than that of any other continent.
Pressure for improvement comes from beyond the continent, too.
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