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CONTINENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Continent mean? 

CONTINENT (noun)
  The noun CONTINENT has 2 senses:

1. one of the large landmasses of the earth
2. the European mainland

  Familiarity information: CONTINENT used as a noun is rare.


CONTINENT (adjective)
  The adjective CONTINENT has 2 senses:

1. having control over urination and defecation
2. abstaining from sexual intercourse

  Familiarity information: CONTINENT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTINENT (noun)


Sense 1continent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One of the large landmasses of the earth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Context examples:

there are seven continents / pioneers had to cross the continent on foot

Hypernyms ("continent" is a kind of...):

landmass (a large continuous extent of land)

Meronyms (parts of "continent"):

craton (the part of a continent that is stable and forms the central mass of the continent; typically Precambrian)

subcontinent (a large and distinctive landmass (as India or Greenland) that is a distinct part of some continent)

Instance hyponyms:

Africa (the second largest continent; located south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean)

Pangaea; Pangea ((plate tectonics) a hypothetical continent including all the landmass of the earth prior to the Triassic period when it split into Laurasia and Gondwanaland)

North America (a continent (the third largest) in the western hemisphere connected to South America by the Isthmus of Panama)

Laurasia (a hypothetical continent that (according to plate tectonic theory) broke up later into North America and Europe and Asia)

Gondwanaland (a hypothetical continent that (according to plate tectonic theory) broke up later into India and Australia and Africa and South America and Antarctica)

Europe (the 2nd smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use 'Europe' to refer to all of the continent except the British Isles)

Eurasia (the land mass formed by the continents of Europe and Asia)

Australia (the smallest continent; between the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean)

Asia (the largest continent with 60% of the earth's population; it is joined to Europe on the west to form Eurasia; it is the site of some of the world's earliest civilizations)

Antarctic continent; Antarctica (an extremely cold continent at the south pole almost entirely below the Antarctic Circle; covered by an ice cap up to 13,000 feet deep)

South America (a continent in the western hemisphere connected to North America by the Isthmus of Panama)


Sense 2Continent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The European mainland

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Context example:

Englishmen like to visit the Continent but they wouldn't like to live there

Hypernyms ("Continent" is a kind of...):

Europe (the 2nd smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use 'Europe' to refer to all of the continent except the British Isles)


CONTINENT (adjective)


Sense 1continent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having control over urination and defecation

Antonym:

incontinent (not having control over urination and defecation)


Sense 2continent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Abstaining from sexual intercourse

Synonyms:

celibate; continent

Context example:

celibate priests

Similar:

chaste (morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse))


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