Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or characteristic of a continent.
  • adjective Of or relating to the mainland of Europe; European.
  • adjective Of or relating to the American colonies during and immediately after the American Revolution.
  • adjective Used as an intensive.
  • noun An inhabitant of a continent.
  • noun An inhabitant of the mainland of Europe; a European.
  • noun A native of the continental United States living or working in Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands.
  • noun A soldier in the American army during the American Revolution.
  • noun A piece of paper money issued by the Continental Congress during the American Revolution.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • Inclined to favor a strengthening of the general government and an increase of unity among the colonies.
  • noun A native or an inhabitant of a continent, specifically of the continent of Europe.
  • noun In American history, a soldier of the regular army of the revolted colonies in the war of independence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a continent.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the main land of Europe, in distinction from the adjacent islands, especially England.
  • adjective (Amer. Hist.) Of or pertaining to the confederated colonies collectively, in the time of the Revolutionary War.
  • adjective See under Congress.
  • adjective (Hist.) the blockade of Great Britain ordered by Napoleon by the decree of Berlin, Nov. 21, 1806; the object being to strike a blow at the maritime and commercial supremacy of Great Britain, by cutting her off from all intercourse with the continent of Europe.
  • noun (Amer. Hist.) A soldier in the Continental army. See continental, a., 3.
  • noun (Amer. Hist.) a piece of the Continental currency, paper money issued under authority of the Continental Congress. See Continental, a., 3.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or relating to a continent or continents.
  • adjective In the main part of a country or region, as opposed to on one of its islands.
  • adjective Characteristic of the style of continental Europe, as opposed to British.
  • noun Someone from "the continent".
  • noun A member of the Continental army.
  • noun Paper scrip (paper money) issued by the continental congress, largely worthless by the end of the war (hence the expression "not worth a continental")

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or relating to or concerning the American colonies during and immediately after the American Revolutionary War
  • adjective of or relating to or characteristic of a continent
  • adjective being or concerning or limited to a continent especially the continents of North America or Europe
  • adjective of or pertaining to or typical of Europe

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Examples

  • 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.

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  • The term continental US also means the 48 contiguous states, although Alaska is geographically part of the continental US.

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  • I use "brunch" advisedly because it was really just doughnuts, bagels, and muffins -- what they call a continental breakfast in this country.

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  • But also as president, he took the major steps that were necessary to create what he called a continental empire for liberty.

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  • 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."

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • 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."

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • 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.

    Army Rumour Service

  • 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.

    Army Rumour Service

  • 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.

    Army Rumour Service

  • 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.

    Army Rumour Service

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