continent

A continent is one of the seven largest landmasses found on Earth. Asia, Australia, and Africa are three continents. Can you name the other four?

Some folks forget the continent of Antarctica, because so few humans live there—none of them permanently. And you might be surprised how many people think that Africa is a country and not a continent. Due to a process known as continental drift, the extremely slow movement of the continents across the face of the globe, our world looks very different from the way it did 100 million years ago.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: continent

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n
one of the large landmasses of the earth
2
adj
having control over urination and defecation
3
adj
abstaining from sexual intercourse
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: continent
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n one of the large landmasses of the earth

“there are seven continents
“pioneers had to cross the continent on foot”
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Africa
the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
Antarctic continent
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
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
Australia
the smallest continent; between the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean
Eurasia
the land mass formed by the continents of Europe and Asia
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
Gondwanaland
a hypothetical continent that (according to plate tectonic theory) broke up later into India and Australia and Africa and South America and Antarctica
Laurasia
a hypothetical continent that (according to plate tectonic theory) broke up later into North America and Europe and Asia
North America
a continent (the third largest) in the western hemisphere connected to South America by the Isthmus of Panama
Pangaea
(plate tectonics) a hypothetical continent including all the landmass of the earth prior to the Triassic period when it split into Laurasia and Gondwanaland
South America
a continent in the western hemisphere connected to North America by the Isthmus of Panama
Type of:
land mass, landmass
a large continuous extent of land
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adj having control over urination and defecation

Antonyms:
incontinent
not having control over urination and defecation
leaky
used informally; unable to retain urine
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adj abstaining from sexual intercourse

Synonyms:
celibate
chaste
morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse)
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