continent

See also: Continent and continnent

EnglishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒntɪnənt/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɑntɪnənt/, [ˈkʰɑnʔɪnənt]
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Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Latin continēntem, noun use of present participle of continēre (to contain).

NounEdit

continent (plural continents)

  1. Each of the main continuous land-masses on the earth's surface, now generally regarded as seven in number, including their related islands, continental shelves etc.
  2. (obsolete in general sense) A large contiguous landmass considered independent of its islands, peninsulas etc. Specifically, the Old World continent of Europe–Asia–Africa. See the Continent.
  3. (obsolete) Land (as opposed to the water).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.v:
      The carkas with the streame was carried downe, / But th'head fell backeward on the continent.
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Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from Old French continent, from Latin continentem (continuous; holding together), present participle of continēre (to contain).

AdjectiveEdit

continent (comparative more continent, superlative most continent)

  1. Exercising self-restraint; controlled, temperate with respect to one's bodily needs or passions, especially sex, urination and/or defecation.
  2. Not interrupted; connected; continuous.
    a continent fever
    • (Can we date this quote by Berrewood and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      The northeast part of Asia is, if not continent with the west side of America, yet certainly it is the least disjoined by sea of all that coast.
  3. (obsolete) Serving to restrain or limit; restraining; opposing.
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EtymologyEdit

From Latin continēns.

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continent m (plural continents)

  1. continent

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DutchEdit

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continent n (plural continenten)

  1. continent

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin continens, continentem.

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NounEdit

continent m (plural continents)

  1. continent

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DescendantsEdit

  • Antillean Creole: kontinan
  • Haitian Creole: kontinan
  • Romanian: continent

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LatinEdit

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continent

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of contineō

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continent m (feminine singular continente, masculine plural continens, feminine plural continentes)

  1. continent (exercising restraint)
    Antonym: incontinent

OccitanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin continēns.

NounEdit

continent m (plural continents)

  1. continent

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin continens and/or from French continent.

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continent n (plural continente)

  1. continent

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