continental

[kon-tn-en-tl]
adjective
1.
of or of the nature of a continent.
2.
(usually initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the mainland of Europe, to Europeans, or to European customs and attitudes.
3.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the 13 original American colonies during and immediately after the american revolution.
4.
of or pertaining to the continent of North America.
noun
5.
(initial capital letter) a soldier of the Continental Army in the American revolution.
6.
a piece of paper currency issued by the Continental Congress during the American Revolution.
7.
a small amount: advice that's not worth a continental.
8.
an inhabitant of a continent.
9.
(usually initial capital letter) an inhabitant of the mainland of Europe.

Origin:
1750–60; continent + -al1

continentally, adverb
noncontinental, adjective, noun
precontinental, adjective
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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

Continental (ˌkɒntɪˈnɛntəl)
 
adj
1.  of or characteristic of Europe, excluding the British Isles
2.  of or relating to the 13 original British North American colonies during and immediately after the War of American Independence
 
n
3.  (sometimes not capital) an inhabitant of Europe, excluding the British Isles
4.  a regular soldier of the rebel army during the War of American Independence
5.  (US) history a currency note issued by the Continental Congress
 
Conti'nentalism
 
n
 
Conti'nentalist
 
n

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continental
1818 as a purely geographical term, from continent + -al (1). In reference to the European mainland (as opposed to Great Britain), recorded from 1760. Continental breakfast (the kind eaten on the continent as opposed to the kind eaten in Britain)
is from 1911. The Continental Congress of the British American colonies is attested from 1775; continental divide is from 1869; continental rise in geology from 1959; continental slope from 1907.
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Example sentences
Continental previews new jets at trade convention.
Until then it's about as relevant as my disagreement with continental drift
  would be.
Continental crust is less dense and thicker than the surface of the deep ocean.
Culprits that could have altered the climate and oceans in a deadly way include
  sustained volcanism and continental drift.
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