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1continent

adjective con·ti·nent \ˈkän-tə-nənt\

medical : able to control your bladder and bowels

Full Definition of CONTINENT

1
:  exercising continence
2
obsolete :  restrictive
con·ti·nent·ly adverb
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Examples of CONTINENT

  1. Most children are continent by age three.
  2. <a religous sect that expects its unmarried members to be completely celibate and its married adherents to maintain continent relationships>

Origin of CONTINENT

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin continent-, continens, from present participle of continēre to hold in — more at contain
First Known Use: 14th century

2continent

noun con·ti·nent \ˈkän-tə-nənt, ˈkänt-nənt\

: one of the great divisions of land (such as North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, or Antarctica) of the Earth

the Continent : the countries of Europe except for Great Britain and Ireland

Full Definition of CONTINENT

1
archaic :  container, confines
2
archaic :  epitome
3
:  mainland
4
a :  one of the six or seven great divisions of land on the globe
b capitalized :  the continent of Europe —used with the

Examples of CONTINENT

  1. The book provides information on hotels in Britain and on the Continent.
  2. <Europe and Asia are sometimes considered together to be one continent.>

Origin of CONTINENT

in senses 1 & 2, from Latin continent-, continens, present participle of continēre, to hold together, contain; in senses 3 & 4, from Latin continent-, continens continuous mass of land, mainland, from continent-, continens, present participle
First Known Use: 1541
CONTINENT Defined for Kids

continent

noun con·ti·nent \ˈkän-tə-nənt\

Definition of CONTINENT for Kids

:  one of the great divisions of land on the globe—Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, or South America
Medical Dictionary

continent

adjective con·ti·nent \ˈkänt-ən-ənt\

Medical Definition of CONTINENT

:  exercising continence
con·ti·nent·ly adverb

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