from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of the principal land masses of the earth, usually regarded as including Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.
- n. The mainland of Europe. Used with the.
- adj. Exercising continence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Land (as opposed to the water).
- n. A large contiguous landmass considered independent of its islands, peninsulas etc. Specifically, the Old World continent of Europe–Asia–Africa. See the Continent.
- n. 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.
- adj. Exercising self-restraint; controlled, temperate with respect to one's bodily needs or passions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Serving to restrain or limit; restraining; opposing.
- adj. Exercising restraint as to the indulgence of desires or passions; temperate; moderate.
- adj. Abstaining from sexual intercourse; exercising restraint upon the sexual appetite; esp., abstaining from illicit sexual intercourse; chaste.
- adj. Not interrupted; connected; continuous.
- n. That which contains anything; a receptacle.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Restrained; moderate; temperate.
- Moderate or abstinent in the indulgence of the sexual passion; maintaining continence; chaste.
- Restraining; opposing.
- Containing; being the container: with of.
- Continuous; connected; not interrupted.
- n. That which contains or comprises; a container or holder.
- n. That which is contained or comprised; contents; the amount held or that can be held, as by a vessel.
- n. In physical geography, one of the largest landmasses of the globe.
- n. [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. Land in a general sense, as distinguished from water; terra firma.
- n. [capitalized] Same as Encratite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having control over urination and defecation
- n. the European mainland
- adj. abstaining from sexual intercourse
- n. one of the large landmasses of the earth
Latin (terra) continēns, continent-, continuous (land), present participle of continēre, to hold together; see contain.
Middle English, from Latin continēns, present participle of continēre, to restrain; see contain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin continēntem, noun use of present participle of continēre ("to contain"). (Wiktionary)
From Old French continent, from Latin continentem ("continuous; holding together"), present participle of continēre ("to contain"). (Wiktionary)