Main definitions of continent in English

: continent1continent2

continent1

noun

  • 1Any of the world's main continuous expanses of land (Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America)

    • ‘In fact, we know that tornadoes have occurred on all continents except Antarctica.’
    • ‘A child from an extended family may be living across different continents with different cultures and laws.’
    • ‘The plan is to sail around several continents before eventually returning to Europe.’
    • ‘Thousands died on the seas while they were being shipped like caged cattle between continents.’
    • ‘It even creates news products for maritime and land mobile markets across six continents and four ocean regions.’
    • ‘To be competitive in the 1990s, airlines must offer services across several continents.’
    • ‘The history of the Armenian state and people spans over three thousand years and six continents.’
    • ‘You're all my very extended family spanning all continents and all time zones around the world.’
    • ‘As far as the other continents were concerned British capital was centred on the Empire.’
    • ‘The one mass of land began to break up, and the separating continents took with them living cargoes of animals.’
    • ‘Australia was the last of the inhabited continents to be reached by Europeans.’
    • ‘This steep sided sea flows like a meeting place between the two continents of Africa and Asia.’
    • ‘With present telecommunication links it is indeed possible to work across the continents.’
    • ‘The experience of war fought across two oceans and three continents turned it into a military hegemon of the first order.’
    • ‘The Middle East and tropical Africa were the last continents that Europeans colonized.’
    • ‘The flowers also tend to be very small, compared to the size of the flowers found in other landmasses and continents.’
    • ‘By the end of my second year there, I'd travelled to most continents, and my air miles account was truly bulging.’
    • ‘So, after Everest, she resolved to climb the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.’
    • ‘This is due to the fact that all the continents had merged into a single landmass.’
    • ‘Instead, tectonics has encircled the north pole with most of the great continents.’
    1. 1.1 The mainland of Europe as distinct from the British Isles.
    2. 1.2 A mainland contrasted with islands.
      ‘the maritime zone is richer in varieties of plant than the continent’
      • ‘Soon Sasha found herself riding in Hardy's carrier under the strange stars of the island continent.’
      • ‘Their goal was to take over every island and continent and submit them to dictatorship.’
      • ‘Although it was a disaster it brought out some great characteristics of mateship and sacrifice for this little island continent of ours.’
      • ‘They saw only the tiny volcanic islands but no massive continent as he had claimed.’
      • ‘The island continent, Atlantis, began to tremble once more with extreme fury.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (denoting a continuous tract of land): from Latin terra continens continuous land.

Pronunciation:

continent

/ˈkänt(ə)nənt/

Main definitions of continent in English

: continent1continent2

continent2

adjective

  • 1Able to control movements of the bowels and bladder.

    • ‘We compared the risk of urinary incontinence in the daughters of incontinent women with that in the daughters of continent women.’
    • ‘This provides a mechanism to influence the two muscle groups to work in concert for continent urine storage and release.’
    • ‘The patients in the study were losing the ability to dress themselves, bathe, use the toilet, clean themselves, and remain continent.’
  • 2Exercising self-restraint, especially sexually.

    • ‘They believed that the church should be made up of women and men who were sexually continent and who also abstained from wine and meat.’
    • ‘They were sexually continent all their lives.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense characterized by self-restraint): from Latin continent- holding together, restraining oneself from continere (see contain).

Pronunciation:

continent

/ˈkänt(ə)nənt/