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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.]
The smaller continent which we call a pipkin. --Bp.
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.
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
The Continent, the main land of Europe, as distinguished
from the islands, especially from England.
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