continent

See also: Continent and continnent

EnglishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒntɪnənt/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɑntɪnənt/, /ˈkɑntɪnɛnt/
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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

From Middle English contynent, 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.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i]:
      Have a continent forbearance till the speed of his rage goes slower.
    • 1926, T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, New York: Anchor (1991), p. 219:
      Their strength was the strength of men geographically beyond temptation: the poverty of Arabia made them simple, continent, enduring.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 119:
      A celibate himself, he was of the opinion that marriage was something of a concession to human frailty, to save from fornication those who could not be continent, so it was better to marry than to burn with lust.
  2. Not interrupted; connected; continuous.
    a continent fever
    • 1843, John McIntosh, The Origin of the North American Indians
      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

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌkɔn.tiˈnɛnt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: con‧ti‧nent
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from French continent, from Latin continēns.

NounEdit

continent n (plural continenten)

  1. continent (landmass)
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  • Indonesian: kontinen

Etymology 2Edit

Ultimately from Latin continēns. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

AdjectiveEdit

continent (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly medicine) continent
  2. (obsolete) continent, morally restrained
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Inflection of continent
uninflected continent
inflected continente
comparative
positive
predicative/adverbial continent
indefinite m./f. sing. continente
n. sing. continent
plural continente
definite continente
partitive continents
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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin continens, continentem.

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continent m (plural continents)

  1. continent

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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.

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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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