Continental system

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Continental system (Hist) the blockade of Great Britain ordered by Napoleon by the decree of Berlin, Nov. 21, 1806; the object being to strike a blow at the maritime and commercial supremacy of Great Britain, by cutting her off from all intercourse with the continent of Europe.
    • Continental system (Hist) The system of commercial blockade aiming to exclude England from commerce with the Continent instituted by the Berlin decree, which Napoleon I. issued from Berlin Nov. 21, 1806, declaring the British Isles to be in a state of blockade, and British subjects, property, and merchandise subject to capture, and excluding British ships from all parts of Europe under French dominion. The retaliatory measures of England were followed by the Milan decree, issued by Napoleon from Milan Dec. 17, 1807, imposing further restrictions, and declaring every ship going to or from a port of England or her colonies to be lawful prize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Continental system the name given to Napoleon's plan for shutting out England from all commercial connection with Europe
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. continentemcontinēre, to contain—con, together, tenĕre, to hold.

Usage

In literature:

I have a few remarks to make on the famous Continental system, which was a subject of such engrossing interest.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
He did not live on to witness the issue of the economic struggle brought about by the Continental System of Napoleon.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
It was in the same spirit of almost reckless decision that Canning turned to meet Napoleon's Continental System.
"History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
The continental system, however, did not long remain so complete as in the beginning of 1808.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
This was true; the new measures taken to enforce the Continental system had told.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The Continental system of conscription was adopted and still obtains.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
When the continental system is weak, Mediterranean winds drop their moisture farther inland.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
The continental powers may tire of the bounty system, or something else may happen to make sugar rise.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
By the Continental system, imports and exports are almost abolished.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. II." by Gustav Freytag
His duties were to enforce the continental system and to keep a stern eye on Prussia.
"Napoleon's Marshals" by R. P. Dunn-Pattison
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In news:

Demonstration of Continental's Pedestrian Detection with Auto Braking System.
Continental, United Go To Single Computer System .
For example, to extend front crash avoidance to 72 km/h (45 mph), Continental will add a multifunction camera to a LIDAR system, the resulting sensor fusion extending the range and therefore the reaction time.
The company also will do fits for the UCI Pro Continental squad Champion System.
Electroair receives nod for 4-cylinder Continental ignition system.
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In science:

Earth is the only planet, in our solar system, that has both liquid water and a topographically bimodal crust, consisting of low-lying higher-density basaltic oceanic crust (OC) and high-standing lower-density andesitic continental crust (CC) (Rudnick and Fountain, 1995).
Geo-neutrinos and Earth's interior
Note however that, with regard to a rectangular domain, the presence of continental boundaries makes the analysis more difficult. • If we consider the notion of variability within the framework of dynamical systems, we look for vectors maximizing a ratio of the form kx(t = T2)k/kx(t = T1 )k, for some norm k.k.
A reduced-order strategy for 4D-Var data assimilation
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