continent

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

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continent (plural continents)

  1. (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.
  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. Each of the main continuous land-masses on the earth's surface, now generally regarded as seven in number, including their related islands, continental shelfs etc.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

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continent (comparative more continent, superlative most continent)

  1. Exercising self-restraint; controlled, temperate with respect to one's bodily needs or passions, especially sex.
    • Shakespeare
      Have a continent forbearance till the speed of his rage goes slower.
    • 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
    • Berrewood
      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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
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continent m (plural continents)

  1. continent

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Dutch[edit]

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continent n (plural continenten)

  1. continent

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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)

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin continens, French continent.

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continent n (plural continente)

  1. continent

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