continent

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See also: Continent and continnent

English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

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

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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 2[edit]

From Middle English contynent, 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, urination and/or defecation.
  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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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin continēns.

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continent m (plural continents)

  1. continent

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from French continent, from Latin continēns.

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continent n (plural continenten)

  1. continent (landmass)
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  • Indonesian: kontinen

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Adjective[edit]

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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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin continens, continentem.

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continent m (plural continents)

  1. continent

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Latin[edit]

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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

Occitan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin continēns.

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continent m (plural continents)

  1. continent

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin continens and/or from French continent.

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continent n (plural continente)

  1. continent

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