- continent [känt′'n ənt]adj.[OFr < L continens, prp. of continere: see CONTAIN]1. self-restrained; temperate2. characterized by self-restraint in, esp. by total abstinence from, sexual activity3. Obs. restrictiven.1. Rare a thing that retains or contains something2. the mainland: now rare except in the Continent, all of Europe except the British Isles3. any of the main large land areas of the earth, conventionally regarded (with or without outlying islands) as units; Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America, and, sometimes, Antarcticacontinentlyadv.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.