• Each of the main continuous land-masses on the earth's surface, now generally regarded as seven in number, including their related islands, continental shelves etc.
  • A large contiguous landmass considered independent of its islands, peninsulas etc. Specifically, the Old World continent of Europe–Asia–Africa. See the Continent.
  • Land (as opposed to the water).


  • Exercising self-restraint; controlled, temperate with respect to one's bodily needs or passions, especially sex, urination and/or defecation.
  • Not interrupted; connected; continuous.
  • Serving to restrain or limit; restraining; opposing.


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  • Borrowed from Latin continēntem, noun use of present participle of contineo.
  • From Middle English contynent, from Old French continent, from Latin continentem ("continuous; holding together"), present participle of continēre.

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