continent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj continent abstaining from sexual intercourse "celibate priests"
    • adj continent having control over urination and defecation
    • n Continent the European mainland "Englishmen like to visit the Continent but they wouldn't like to live there"
    • n continent one of the large landmasses of the earth "there are seven continents","pioneers had to cross the continent on foot"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents
    • Continent Abstaining from sexual intercourse; exercising restraint upon the sexual appetite; esp., abstaining from illicit sexual intercourse; chaste. "My past life""Hath been as continent , as chaste, as true,""As I am now unhappy."
    • Continent Exercising restraint as to the indulgence of desires or passions; temperate; moderate. "Have a continent forbearance till the speed of his rage goes slower."
    • Continent Not interrupted; connected; continuous; as, a continent fever. "The northeast part of Asia is, if not continent with the west side of America, yet certainly it is the least disoined by sea of all that coast."
    • Continent One of the grand divisions of land on the globe; the main land; specifically Phys. Geog, a large body of land differing from an island, not merely in its size, but in its structure, which is that of a large basin bordered by mountain chains; as, the continent of North America.
    • Continent Serving to restrain or limit; restraining; opposing.
    • Continent That which contains anything; a receptacle. "The smaller continent which we call a pipkin."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every continent has a city called Rome
    • continent Restrained; moderate; temperate.
    • continent Moderate or abstinent in the indulgence of the sexual passion; maintaining continence; chaste.
    • continent Restraining; opposing.
    • continent Containing; being the container: with of.
    • continent Continuous; connected; not interrupted.
    • n continent That which contains or comprises; a container or holder.
    • n continent That which is contained or comprised; contents; the amount held or that can be held, as by a vessel.
    • n continent In physical geography, one of the largest landmasses of the globe. From the most general point of view there are two continental masses. the eastern and the western, the old world and the new world. In breaking these up into lesser divisions, Europe and Asia together naturally constitute one mass, conveniently designated as Eurasia, though each is commonly reckoned a separate continent. Africa. formerly attached to Asia very slightly by the isthmus of Suez, and now artificially severed from it by the Suez canal, forms another continental mass. Australia is regarded by many as a third continental subdivision of the eastern land-mass (or a fourth, reckoning Europe and Asia separately). North and South America form the two great natural subdivisions (also separately called continents) of the western continent, and are hardly more united than were Africa and Asia before the cutting of the Suez canal.
    • n continent [capitalized] In a special sense, in English literature, the mainland of Europe, as distinguished from the British islands: as, to travel on the Continent.
    • n continent Land in a general sense, as distinguished from water; terra firma.
    • n continent [capitalized] Same as Encratite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every continent begins and ends in the same letter. eg AfricA, EuropE
    • n Continent kon′ti-nent a large extent of land not broken up by seas: the mainland of Europe: one of the great divisions of the land surface of the globe
    • adj Continent restraining the indulgence of pleasure, esp. sexual: temperate: virtuous
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Quotations

  • Harold Macmillan
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    “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
L. continens, -entis, prop., p. pr. of continere, to hold together, to repress: cf. F. continent,. See Contain

Usage

In literature:

The miracle of conversion was accomplished in the isle, as it had been on the Continent.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
They hoped to be able to sail around that continent and up the other side to India.
"Discoverers and Explorers" by Edward R. Shaw
All but the peccary are now extinct upon this continent.
"The Western United States" by Harold Wellman Fairbanks
Our nation has the great middle region of the best continent of the world, and our people are descendants from the most vigorous races.
"Old Mackinaw" by W. P. Strickland
In the Western Hemisphere we have the Western Continent, which is America.
"Where We Live" by Emilie Van Beil Jacobs
Each passed in successive waves across the continent.
"The Frontier in American History" by Frederick Jackson Turner
THROUGH THE DARK CONTINENT .
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
They breed upon islets in the numerous lakes that stud the whole northern part of the American continent.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
The Admiral endeavoured to ascertain from the cacique whether Cuba was an island or a continent.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
In the northwestern part of Wyoming, at the summit of the continent, is a tract of land containing more than three thousand square miles.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
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In poetry:

From Afric's Cape, where loyal watchdogs bark,
And Britain's Sceptre ne'er shall be withdrawn,
And that young Continent that greets the dark
When we the dawn;
"Victoria" by Alfred Austin
How shall I link such sun-cast symmetry
With the torn troubled form I know as thine,
That profile, placid as a brow divine,
With continents of moil and misery?
"At A Lunar Eclipse." by Thomas Hardy
What memories have I of it,
The sea, continent-clasping,
The sea whose spirit is a sorcery,
The sea whose magic foaming is immortal!
What memories have I of it thro the years!
"Pageants Of The Sea" by Cale Young Rice
I smoothed the granite mountains with my hand,
My fingers gave the continents their form;
I rent the heavens and loosed upon the land
The fury of the whirlwind and the storm.
"The Burden of Time" by Frederick George Scott
Down deep, fair fields of Heaven,
Beat wafts of air and balm,
From southmost islands driven
And continents of calm;
Bland winds by which were given
Hid hints of rustling palm.
"The Hollow" by Madison Julius Cawein
I plunged whole continents beneath the deep,
And left them sepulchred a million years;
I called, and lo, the drowned lands rose from sleep,
Sundering the waters of the hemispheres.
"The Burden of Time" by Frederick George Scott

In news:

The Toledo Symphony on Friday focused the spotlight on Rachmaninoff , the Russian composer with a remarkable career that spanned two continents and two centuries.
Telescopes on seven continents will observe 243 distant quasars.
NEW YORK CITY'S most inspiring architect lives in London, works in Rotterdam and has yet to build a thing on the North American continent.
This mammal appears on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.
Ronne hadn't intended to go, but her husband, who was part of a scientific expedition to the continent, talked her into it.
Combining Genetics and Archaeology, Scientists Rough Out Continent's 50,000-Year-Old Story.
Here's why you love this game: They could get the Devo Boost tonight and win in a walk against the third-worst team on the continent, or fall flat on their faces and lose by 20 if the Kings go 14-for-25 from deep like they did in Indy.
Continent of extremes' fostered new self-awareness .
With soccer reeling from the violence in Egypt, players on the other side of the continent at the African Cup of Nations tried to make sense of the "death and sadness" now gripping their sport.
A Continent's Challenge, a Country's Hope.
Shrubs blooming in a specific area of Africa might hold the answers to feeding millions of people on that continent, and possibly others.
Sidi Touré is a singer-songwriter from Mali who has garnered global acclaim for thought provoking songs that honor African sonic traditions in a manner that's appealing to listeners from any continent.
Premieres and Salutes Across the Continent .
To gauge the severity of the crisis in Europe, it helps to look at how much it costs the continent's countries to borrow money.
Ancient prophets who lived on the American continent wrote the records of their people on plates of ore.
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In science:

Bourgain, On random Schr¨odinger operators on Z2 , Discrete Contin.
A geometric approach to absolutely continuous spectrum for discrete Schr\"odinger operators
Kawohl: Symmetry results for functions yielding best constants in Sobolev-type inequalities, Discrete Contin.
On a generalized Wirtinger inequality
The simulated data set had to have a nearly continous energy range to avoid that the neural network is trained for certain energy steps.
AHCAL Energy Resolution
We also outline the historical development of the astronomy on the continent, and then review the principal scienti fic results to have emerged over the past th ree decades of activity in the discipline.
Astronomy in Antarctica
As with all endeavours in Antarctica, it was the last continent where humans began to conduct astronomical observations from.
Astronomy in Antarctica
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