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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. one of the large landmasses of the earth;
- Example: "there are seven continents"
- Example: "pioneers had to cross the continent on foot"

2. the European mainland;
- Example: "Englishmen like to visit the Continent but they wouldn't like to live there"


1. having control over urination and defecation;

2. abstaining from sexual intercourse;
- Example: "celibate priests"
[syn: celibate, continent]

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5 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Continent \Con"ti*nent\, n. [L. continens, prop., a holding together: cf. F. continent. See Continent, a.] 1. That which contains anything; a receptacle. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The smaller continent which we call a pipkin. --Bp. Kennet. [1913 Webster] 2. 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; as, the continent of North America. [1913 Webster] Note: The continents are now usually regarded as six in number: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. But other large bodies of land are also reffered to as continents; as, the Antarctic continent; the continent of Greenland. Europe, Asia, and Africa are often grouped together as the Eastern Continent, and North and South America as the Western Continent. [1913 Webster] The Continent, the main land of Europe, as distinguished from the islands, especially from England. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Continent \Con"ti*nent\, a. [L. continens, -entis, prop., p. pr. of continere to hold together, to repress: cf. F. continent. See Contain.] 1. Serving to restrain or limit; restraining; opposing. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Exercising restraint as to the indulgence of desires or passions; temperate; moderate. [1913 Webster] Have a continent forbearance till the speed of his rage goes slower. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Abstaining from sexual intercourse; exercising restraint upon the sexual appetite; esp., abstaining from illicit sexual intercourse; chaste. [1913 Webster] My past life [1913 Webster] Hath been as continent, as chaste, as true, [1913 Webster] As I am now unhappy. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. Not interrupted; connected; continuous; as, a continent fever. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The northeast part of Asia is, if not continent with the west side of America, yet certainly it is the least disoined by sea of all that coast. --Berrewood. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Encratite \En"cra*tite\, n. [L. Encratitae, pl., fr. Gr. ? self-disciplined; ? in + ? strength.] (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect in the 2d century who abstained from marriage, wine, and animal food; -- called also Continent. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

continent adj 1: having control over urination and defecation [ant: incontinent] 2: abstaining from sexual intercourse; "celibate priests" [syn: celibate, continent] n 1: one of the large landmasses of the earth; "there are seven continents"; "pioneers had to cross the continent on foot" 2: the European mainland; "Englishmen like to visit the Continent but they wouldn't like to live there"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

60 Moby Thesaurus words for "continent": Africa, America, Antipodes, Apostolic, Asia, Asia Major, Asia Minor, Australasia, East, Eastern Hemisphere, Encratic, Eurasia, Europe, Far East, Lenten, Levant, Middle East, Near East, New World, Occident, Oceania, Old World, Orient, Platonic, Pythagorean, Rechabite, Shaker, Spartan, Stoic, West, Western Hemisphere, abstemious, abstentious, abstinent, ascetic, bridled, celibate, chaste, curbed, down under, eastland, fruitarian, inhibited, intact, landmass, maidenly, nephalistic, on the wagon, pure, restrained, sexually abstinent, sober, sworn off, teetotal, temperate, the old country, vegetarian, vestal, virgin, virginal