The Continent, the main land of Europe, as distinguished from the islands, especially from England.

(Con`ti*nen"tal) a.

1. Of or pertaining to a continent.


If they [the unmarried and widows] have not continency, let them marry.
1 Cor. vii. 9

Chastity is either abstinence or continence: abstinence is that of virgins or widows; continence, that of married persons.
Jer. Taylor.

3. Uninterrupted course; continuity. [Obs.] Ayliffe.

(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.

2. Exercising restraint as to the indulgence of desires or passions; temperate; moderate.

Have a continent forbearance till the speed of his rage goes slower.

3. Abstaining from sexual intercourse; exercising restraint upon the sexual appetite; esp., abstaining from illicit sexual intercourse; chaste.

My past life

Hath been as continent, as chaste, as true,

As I am now unhappy.

4. Not interrupted; connected; continuous; as, a continent fever. [Obs.]

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.

(Con"ti*nent), n. [L. continens, prop., a holding together: cf. F. continent. See Continent, a.]

1. That which contains anything; a receptacle. [Obs.]

The smaller continent which we call a pipkin.
Bp. Kennet.

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.

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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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