American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a continent.
- adj. Of or relating to the mainland of Europe; European.
- adj. Of or relating to the American colonies during and immediately after the American Revolution.
- adj. Used as an intensive: "Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine,/The continental liar from the state of Maine.” ( Grover Cleveland).
- n. An inhabitant of a continent.
- n. An inhabitant of the mainland of Europe; a European.
- n. A native of the continental United States living or working in Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- n. A soldier in the American army during the American Revolution.
- n. A piece of paper money issued by the Continental Congress during the American Revolution.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating or pertaining to, or of the nature of, a continent; entitled to be considered a continent.
- Characteristic of a continent: opposed to insular: as, a continental climate. See below.
- Specifically, of or belonging to the continent, as distinguished from adjacent islands, and especially to the continent of Europe: as, the continental press; the continental Sunday. In American history: Pertaining to the government and affairs of the thirteen revolutionary colonies during and immediately after their struggle against England: as, the Continental Congress; continental money (the paper currency issued by Congress during the revolutionary war).
- Inclined to favor a strengthening of the general government and an increase of unity among the colonies.
- n. A native or an inhabitant of a continent, specifically of the continent of Europe.
- n. In American history, a soldier of the regular army of the revolted colonies in the war of independence.
- adj. Of or relating to a continent or continents.
- adj. In the main part of a country or region, as opposed to on one of its islands.
- adj. Characteristic of the style of continental Europe, as opposed to British.
- n. Someone from "the continent".
- n. A member of the Continental army.
- n. Paper scrip (paper money) issued by the continental congress, largely worthless by the end of the war (hence the expression "not worth a continental")
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a continent.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the main land of Europe, in distinction from the adjacent islands, especially England.
- adj. (Amer. Hist.) Of or pertaining to the confederated colonies collectively, in the time of the Revolutionary War.
- n. (Amer. Hist.) A soldier in the Continental army. See continental, a., 3.
- n. (Amer. Hist.) a piece of the Continental currency, paper money issued under authority of the Continental Congress. See Continental, a., 3.
- adj. of or relating to or concerning the American colonies during and immediately after the American Revolutionary War
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of a continent
- adj. being or concerning or limited to a continent especially the continents of North America or Europe
- adj. of or pertaining to or typical of Europe
“The difference between the ice streams of the mountains and those which we term continental depends solely on the areas of the fields and the depth of the accumulation.”
“The term continental US also means the 48 contiguous states, although Alaska is geographically part of the continental US.”
“I use "brunch" advisedly because it was really just doughnuts, bagels, and muffins -- what they call a continental breakfast in this country.”
“But also as president, he took the major steps that were necessary to create what he called a continental empire for liberty.”
“Like the Columbia University group, the CFR task force insists that the largely negative images of Africa propagated in the US media obstruct what it describes as a continental "renaissance" which makes "the present era ... the most promising period since the onset of African independence 40 years ago.”
“It was this temporary feature which inspired Wegener to study what he defined as continental drift, although he did not live to see his hypothesis become generally accepted.”
“Bamshad et al. (2004) used the data from Rosenberg et al. (2002) to investigate the extent of genetic differences between individuals within continental groups relative to genetic differences between individuals between continental groups.”
“It more than likely originated in continental Europe and is now spoken by quite a large proportion of the Indian subcontinent.”
“Yet the British, unlike their peers in continental Europe, appear culturally more willing to cope with what Cameron has dubbed a new "age of austerity," with polls showing almost twice as many Britons supporting deep debt reduction as opposing it.”
“After Hastings, England became more involved in continental Europe, the Dark Ages gave way to the High Middle Ages, and the Age of the Viking slipped into history.”
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