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 for The Continent
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Continent \Con"ti*nent\, n. [L. continens, prop., a holding
     together: cf. F. continent. See Continent, a.]
     1. That which contains anything; a receptacle. [Obs.]
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              The smaller continent which we call a pipkin. --Bp.
                                                    Kennet.
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     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.
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     Note: 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.
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     The Continent, the main land of Europe, as distinguished
        from the islands, especially from England.
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