continence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n continence the exercise of self constraint in sexual matters
    • n continence voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The five Olympic rings represent the five continents linked together in friendship
    • Continence Self-restraint; self-command. "He knew what to say; he knew also, when to leave off, -- a continence which is practiced by few writers."
    • Continence The restraint which a person imposes upon his desires and passions; the act or power of refraining from indulgence of the sexual appetite, esp. from unlawful indulgence; sometimes, moderation in sexual indulgence. "If they [the unmarried and widows] have not continency , let them marry.""Chastity is either abstinence or continence : abstinence is that of virgins or widows; continence , that of married persons."
    • Continence Uninterrupted course; continuity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Australia is the only country that is also a continent.
    • n continence In general, self-restraint with regard to desires and passions; self-command.
    • n continence In a special sense, the restraint of the sexual passion within due bounds, whether absolute, as in celibacy, or within lawful limits, as in marriage; chastity.
    • n continence Capacity for holding or containing: as, a measure which has only one half the continence of another. Continuity; uninterrupted course.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Europe has no deserts, it is the only continent without one.
    • ns Continence the restraint imposed by a person upon his desires and passions: self-restraint in sexual indulgence, often absolute: chastity
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Quotations

  • Harold Macmillan
    Harold%20Macmillan
    “The wind of change is blowing through the continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.”
  • John Donne
    John%20Donne
    “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”
  • Allen E. Claxton
    Allen E. Claxton
    “The treacherous, unexplored areas of the world are not in continents or the seas; they are in the hearts and minds of men.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. continence, L. continentia,. See Continent, and cf. Countenance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. continentemcontinēre, to contain—con, together, tenĕre, to hold.

Usage

In literature:

It has stretched its long arm from end to end of the American continent.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
But, unfortunately, he saw only the most inhospitable part of the whole continent.
"History of Australia and New Zealand" by Alexander Sutherland
Also, an arm of the sea, or water communication running between an island or islands and the main or continent, as the British Channel.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
On the continent, too!
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
Somebody said they thought it was the Continent.
"Happy-Thought Hall" by F. C. Burnand
The wild Indians of this continent had never known such a condition as that of the Mound-Builders.
"Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology" by John D. Baldwin
Many even completely crossed the American continent from Canada to the Pacific.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
It is a great thing to have subdued a continent.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
Let people have married or be anyhow steeled in continence before they are admitted to baptism.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
To appreciate Mount McKinley's place among national parks, one must know what it means in the anatomy of the continent.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
The continent was a "wilderness" to the whites.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
Paris was the capital of the whole Continent.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
It is a continent, over which our race has spread itself.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Henry was imprisoned in the Tower; Margaret and the Prince of Wales were on the Continent.
"Richard III" by Jacob Abbott
We have seen something of the southern part of our own continent of Europe.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
You have, as my country had, a vast continent with savage nature to subdue.
"Latin America and the United States" by Elihu Root
There were in those days but few newspapers printed on the continent, and these were read very sparingly.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
Since 1853, no new expedition had visited these remote continents.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
He landed on a vast and fertile continent where he settled 120 colonists.
"The Story of Extinct Civilizations of the West" by Robert E. Anderson
The town, ordinarily one of the gayest places of business and pleasure on the continent, became a city of the dead.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
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In poetry:

'Ring out from Occident
To Orient, and peal
From continent to continent
The mighty joy you feel.
"Liberty" by James Whitcomb Riley
Wide across the continent
Speaks the patriot's deathless word;
Blossoms on the rocky hills,
In the vales is heard.
" The Patriot's Birthplace" by Annie Adams Fields
To gather flowers, Sappha went,
And homeward she did bring
Within her lawny continent,
The treasure of the Spring.
"The Apron Of Flowers" by Robert Herrick
What saith the herald of the Lord?
"The world's long strife is done;
Close wedded by that mystic cord,
Its continents are one.
"The Cable Hymn" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Thrown thick o'er half a Continent,
His blood-stained victims lie;
The priest, in horror, lifts his hands,
The Levite passes by.
"The Modern Good Samaritan" by Abner Cosens
The third, where now I stand, and where
Two hoary Continents have met,
And Islam guards from taint and tare
Monistic Creed of Mahomet.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In news:

The largest country in Africa was also a microcosm for the continent's many challenges.
Saving 'The Spine of the Continent '.
'The Spine of the Continent ' by Mary Ellen Hannibal (Book cover courtesy of publisher).
What The Continent Should Do In His Second Term.
A Nobel for the Continent .
Big Win for the Continent .
'The Spine of the Continent '.
Wars for the Continent 1702.
The best and worst of the continent .
Mary Ellen Hannibal writes about how important connected spaces are to wildlife in "The Spine of the Continent ," just published by Lyons Press.
Flood risks are common across the continent 's factory zones.
Inside the Continent 's Rapid Economic Growth.
Ford Kuga Unveiled for the Continent .
South Africa Leads the Continent (Slowly) on Gay Rights.
The case for Obama, and the continent that stands in his way.
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In science:

Obviously F (ω ) is a continous and bounded function on G, and hence is µ-integrable.
A simple proof that $C^{\infty}({\bf R}^n,U(1))$ does not have a Haar measure
Kifer, Computations in dynamical systems via random perturbations, Discrete Contin.
Perron-Frobenius spectrum for random maps and its approximation
Percus, Scaling and universality in continous length combinatorial optimization, Proc.
An efficient algorithm to generate large random uncorrelated Euclidean distances: the random link model
Let S be a linearly compact infinite-dimensional Lie superalgebra over ¯F and let AutS denote the group of all continous automorphisms of S .
Automorphisms and forms of simple infinite-dimensional linearly compact Lie superalgebras
They must be continously replenished, otherwise the mass of the MBH will not have a considerable growth.
On the Fueling of Massive Black Holes and the Properties of their Host Spheroids
From . τ and w denote the continous time and the transition rate between the nearest neighbours, respectively.
Persistent random walk on a site-disordered one-dimensional lattice: Photon subdiffusion
Let ˆg(x) be the continous map from [d, z0 ] onto itself defined by ˆg(x) = max{g (x), d}, and let t = min{x : d ≤ x ≤ z0 , g (x) = d}.
A Simple Proof of Sharkovsky's Theorem Revisited
Shirikyan, Ergodicity for a class of Markov processes and applications to randomly forced PDE’s II, Discrete Contin.
Polynomial mixing for the complex Ginzburg--Landau equation perturbed by a random force at random times
The generalized map F is cal led local ly equi-continous on some subset X ⊆ Ω1 , if it has a representative which is equicontinuous in each point x ∈ X .
Microlocal analysis of generalized pullbacks of Colombeau functions
We can choose a locally equi-continous representative (Fε )ε and proceed along a standard argument: Let (xε )ε , (x′ε )ε be two nets tending to x0 ∈ Ω1 .
Microlocal analysis of generalized pullbacks of Colombeau functions
Sm−1 | (y , η) ∈ Γ} ΓY := {η ∈ Sm−1 | ∃y ∈ Y : (y , η) ∈ Γ} = [y∈Y Note that both sets are closed subsets of Sm−1 , since ΓY = π2 (Γ ∩ (Y × Sm−1 )) is the image of a compact set under the continous projection π2 : (y , η) 7→ η .
Microlocal analysis of generalized pullbacks of Colombeau functions
Df , then η 7→ Mε (x, η) defines an equi-continous Colombeau function in the η variable at fixed x.
Microlocal analysis of generalized pullbacks of Colombeau functions
The possibility of tuning the scattering length across the resonance from negative to positive values, and vice-versa, provides a continous connection between the physics of Fermi superfluidity and Bose-Einstein condensation, including the unitary gas as an intermediate regime.
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
Furthermore, the results shown in Fig. 2 suggest that the transition between BCS and BEC is indeed a continous crossover.
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
The gapless superfluid realized in this way would be homogeneous and the transition to the normal state would be continous.
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
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