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continent

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adjective con·ti·nent \ˈkän-tə-nənt\

Definition of continent

  1. 1 :  exercising continence

  2. 2 obsolete :  restrictive

continently

adverb

Examples of continent in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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

Definition of continent

  1. 1 archaic :  container, confines

  2. 2 archaic :  epitome

  3. 3 :  mainland

  4. 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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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 English Language Learners

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adjective con·ti·nent \ˈkän-tə-nənt\

Definition of continent for English Language Learners

  • medical : able to control your bladder and bowels


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

Definition of continent for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CONTINENT Defined for Kids

continent

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noun con·ti·nent \ˈkän-tə-nənt\

Definition of continent for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

continent

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adjective con·ti·nent \ˈkänt-ən-ənt\

Medical Definition of continent

  1. :  exercising continence

continently

adverb


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