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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.

Definitions of continent
  1. noun
    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
  2. adjective
    having control over urination and defecation
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    Antonyms:
    incontinent
    not having control over urination and defecation
    leaky
    used informally; unable to retain urine
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  3. adjective
    abstaining from sexual intercourse
    synonyms: celibate
    chaste
    morally pure
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