continent [1] NOUN 1) any of the world's main continuous expanses of land (Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, Australia, Antarctica). 2) (also the Continent) the mainland of Europe as distinct from the British Isles.
ORIGIN from Latin terra continens 'continuous land' .
continent [2] ADJECTIVE 1) able to control movements of the bowels and bladder. 2) exercising self-restraint, especially sexually.
DERIVATIVES continence noun continently adverb.
ORIGIN from Latin continere, from tenere 'to hold' .

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  • continent — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin continent , continens, from present participle of continēre to hold in more at contain Date: 14th century 1. exercising continence 2. obsolete restrictive • continently adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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