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The countries of the American continent and the adjacent islands are for the United States the natural marts of supply and demand.
Chester A. Arthur

Meaning of "continent" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CONTINENT

From the Latin phrase terra continens continuous land, from continēre.
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PRONUNCIATION OF CONTINENT

continent  [ˈkɒntɪnənt] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CONTINENT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Continent is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES CONTINENT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

continent

Continent

A continent is one of several very large landmasses on Earth. They are generally identified by convention rather than any strict criteria, with up to seven regions commonly regarded as continents. These are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia. In geology, continents are described by means of tectonic plates. Plate tectonics is the process and study of the movement, collision and division of continents.

Definition of continent in the English dictionary

The first definition of continent in the dictionary is one of the earth's large land masses. Other definition of continent is that part of the earth's crust that rises above the oceans and is composed of sialic rocks. Including the continental shelves, the continents occupy 30 per cent of the earth's surface. Continent is also mainland as opposed to islands.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CONTINENT


abstinent
ˈæbstɪnənt
agglutinant
əˈɡluːtɪnənt
appertinent
æˈpɜːtɪnənt
appurtenant
əˈpɜːtɪnənt
conglutinant
kənˈɡluːtɪnənt
contaminant
kənˈtæmɪnənt
determinant
dɪˈtɜːmɪnənt
dominant
ˈdɒmɪnənt
eminent
ˈɛmɪnənt
imminent
ˈɪmɪnənt
impertinent
ɪmˈpɜːtɪnənt
incontinent
ɪnˈkɒntɪnənt
pertinent
ˈpɜːtɪnənt
predominant
prɪˈdɒmɪnənt
prominent
ˈprɒmɪnənt
recombinant
riːˈkɒmbɪnənt
revenant
ˈrɛvɪnənt
subcontinent
sʌbˈkɒntɪnənt
supercontinent
ˈsuːpəˌkɒntɪnənt
sustinent
ˈsʌstɪnənt

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CONTINENT

continence
continency
Continental
continental breakfast
continental climate
Continental Congress
continental crust
continental divide
continental drift
continental glacier
continental quilt
continental shelf
continental shield
Continental System
continentalism
Continentalist
continentally
continently
contingence
contingencies

WORDS THAT END LIKE CONTINENT

base component
bicomponent
component
Dark Continent
desinent
exponent
immanent
impermanent
multicomponent
opponent
permanent
ponent
pre-eminent
proponent
remanent
semipermanent
subcomponent
supereminent
the Continent
the Dark Continent

Synonyms and antonyms of continent in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CONTINENT»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «continent» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of continent

Translation of «continent» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CONTINENT

Find out the translation of continent to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of continent from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «continent» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

大陆
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

continente
570 millions of speakers

English

continent
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

महाद्वीप
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

قَارَّة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

континент
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

continente
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

মহাদেশ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

continent
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Benua
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Kontinent
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

大陸
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

대륙
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Bawana
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

lục địa
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கண்டம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

खंड
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kıta
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

continente
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

kontynent
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

континент
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

continent
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ήπειρος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

kontinent
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

kontinent
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

kontinent
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of continent

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CONTINENT»

The term «continent» is very widely used and occupies the 11.696 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CONTINENT» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «continent» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «continent» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about continent

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10 QUOTES WITH «CONTINENT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word continent.
1
Chris Abani
African narratives in the West, they proliferate. I really don't care anymore. I'm more interested in the stories we tell about ourselves - how, as a writer, I find that African writers have always been the curators of our humanity on this continent.
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Hervey Allen
In a continent but recently settled, many parts of which have as yet little historical or cultural background, the material for this volume has been gathered from a section that was one of the first to be colonized.
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Chester A. Arthur
The countries of the American continent and the adjacent islands are for the United States the natural marts of supply and demand.
4
John Ashcroft
Prior to September 11, we thought the world beyond our shores was one world of risk and the world in our continent was another world of risk.
5
Richard Attias
Bringing more large sporting events to Africa would help the continent develop sports policies and at the same time optimize its peoples' chances of achieving competitive success.
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Daniel Barenboim
Jewish intellectuals contributed a great deal to insure that Europe became a continent of humanism, and it is with these humanist ideals that Europe must now intervene in the Middle East conflict.
7
Ozwald Boateng
I'm doing a lot of things in Africa. I've formed a company with two friends of mine called Made In Africa and we are doing a lot of important things across the continent.
8
Brittany Bowe
There's nowhere like home for me, but there has been something so interesting about most of the places I've visited. One that sticks out in my mind is traveling around South America. It's a huge continent, and I only got to see a small portion of it, but I've always liked going there.
9
William Cullen Bryant
I think I shall return to America even a better patriot than when I left it. A citizen of the United States, travelling on the continent of Europe, finds the contrast between a government of power and a government of opinion forced upon him at every step.
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Howard Graham Buffett
Africa is the most weathered continent in the world; 75 percent of its soil has been degraded. You don't just bring that back. I always like to say it's like putting an oxygen mask on a cadaver; it just isn't going to work.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CONTINENT»

Discover the use of continent in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to continent and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
Keith Lowe's Savage Continent is an awe-inspiring portrait of how Europe emerged from the ashes of WWII.
Keith Lowe, 2012
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The Lost Continent
The Lost Continent is a classic of travel literature - hilariously, stomach-achingly funny, yet tinged with heartache - and the book that first staked Bill Bryson's claim as the most beloved writer of his generation.
Bill Bryson, 2010
3
Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul
This book argues that rather than failing the test, Latin America’s efforts to build fairer and more prosperous societies make it one of the world’s most vigorous laboratories for capitalist democracy.
Michael Reid, 2008
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Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century
Unflinching, intelligent, Dark Continent provides a provocative vision of Europ's past, present, and future-and confirms Mark Mazower as a historian of valuable gifts. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Mark Mazower, 2009
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Africa: A Biography of the Continent
Reader tells the extraordinary story of humankind's adaptation to the ferocious obstacles of forest, river and desert, and to the threat of debilitating parasites, bacteria and viruses unmatched elsewhere in the world.
John Reader, 1998
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The Conquest of a Continent: Siberia and the Russians
This epic of adventure, heroism, discovery, exploitation, and almost unimaginable cruelty is perhaps unrivaled in human history.
W. Bruce Lincoln, 2007
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The Lost Continent of Mu
This classic book on the theory of a lost continent in the Pacific. First published in 1931, and imparts the fascinating travel stories and theories of James Churchward.
James Churchward, 2007
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Africans: The History of a Continent
Africans: The History of a Continent is thus a single story binding living Africans to their earliest human ancestors.
John Iliffe, 2007
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The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in ...
Or Ushahidi, the Kenyan technology collective that crowdsources citizen activism and disaster relief. The Bright Continent calls for a necessary shift in our thinking about Africa.
Dayo Olopade, 2014
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Continent
On its first publication over twenty years ago, this captivating novel marked the arrival of one of the most imaginative minds at work: a writer capable of transporting his readers to a strange and wonderful landscape while revealing the ...
Jim Crace, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CONTINENT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term continent is used in the context of the following news items.
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Pope urges LatAm to unite and spread faith on continent
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Pope Francis urged Latin Americans to channel the same urgency that brought them independence from Spain two centuries ago to ... «WHDH-TV, Jul 15»
2
Serving up the continent in Kelso Market Square
Serving up the continent in Kelso Market Square. Published: 8 Jul 2015 06:300 comments. A KELSO hotel has been granted a licence to serve alcohol in an ... «Border Telegraph, Jul 15»
3
S Yesudas resigns as Managing Director Indian Sub continent Vizeum
S Yesudas has stepped down as Managing Director, Indian sub-continent, Vizeum (Dentsu Aegis Network Company). “Yes, I have decided to ... «Exchange4Media, Jul 15»
4
Sunniest Continent Lures Tesla as Solar Battery Race Accelerates
Australia, the sunniest continent, is luring solar battery suppliers from Tesla Motors Inc. to LG Corp. as the global roll out of the technology for ... «Bloomberg, Jul 15»
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#TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou shows another side to a …
We stamp an entire continent – millions and millions and millions of people – with pity. Africa has become nothing to us but a byword for misery ... «Metro, Jul 15»
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AO eyes further European expansion as it looks to become …
Bolton-based online retailer AO World is poised to expand its European footprint further with a move into a second country on the Continent. «Prolific North, Jul 15»
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The Guardian view on Greece's no vote: eight days that shook a …
... a risk of political contagion, with untold consequences for the more fundamental and more precious project of kinship across the continent. «The Guardian, Jul 15»
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Pope Francis tours home continent
The Argentine pontiff visits Latin America to champion the poor and the environment. Sean Carberry reports. △ Hide Transcript. «Reuters, Jul 15»
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Copa America '15 – a shadow of the continent's attacking talent
The competition is supposed to be the best of what the South American continent has to offer in terms of football; incredible technical ability, ... «The Express Tribune, Jul 15»
10
Gemma New of Hamilton Philharmonic is 1 of continent's few female …
Picture the typical image of a conductor. He's poised. He's animated, leading rows of classical musicians with a sweep of his arms. And he's ... «CBC.ca, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Continent [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/continent>. Feb 2020 ».
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