What is continent?

  • (noun): The European mainland.
    Example: "Englishmen like to visit the Continent but they wouldn't like to live there"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A continent is one of several very large landmasses on Earth. They are generally identified by convention rather than any strict criteria, with seven regions commonly regarded as continents—they are (from largest in size to smallest): Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia.

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Some articles on continent:

Continent - Geology
... Further information Continental crust, Plate tectonics Geologists use the term continent in a different manner from geographers, where a continent is defined by ... Some geologists restrict the term 'continent' to portions of the crust built around stable Precambrian "shield", typically 1.5 to 3.8 billion years old, called a craton ... The margins of geologic continents are characterized by currently active or relatively recently active mobile belts and deep troughs of accumulated marine ...
List Of Historical Countries And Empires Spanning More Than One Continent
... The following is a list of historical instances of nations covering land on two or more continents, including islands associated with a continent other than the one where the nation was based ... chronological order of transcontinental occurrence with the number of continents covered in parentheses and the nation's primary continent listed first ...
Shanhai Yudi Quantu - Description - Magallania
... transliterates the name "Magallanica", a name given to the prospective continent at the time in honor of Ferdinand Magellan, who had crossed past Tierra del Fuego and shown the southern continent (hypothes ... The map notes how little is known about this continent – "Few have reached these southern regions ...
Continent-ocean Boundary
... The Continent-ocean boundary (COB) or continent-ocean transition is the boundary between continental crust and oceanic crust on a passive margin ... The identification of continent-ocean boundaries is important in the definition of plate boundaries at the time of break-up when trying to reconstruct the ...
Maritime Continent
... Maritime Continent is the name given primarily by meteorologists to the region of Southeast Asia which comprises many islands, peninsulas and shallow seas ... The name combines the terms maritime and continent normally used as opposites in the description of climate ...

More definitions of "continent":

  • (adj): Abstaining from sexual intercourse.
    Synonyms: celibate
  • (noun): One of the large landmasses of the earth.
    Example: "There are seven continents"; "pioneers had to cross the continent on foot"
  • (adj): Having control over urination and defecation.

Famous quotes containing the word continent:

    Our moat around us is no more a moat,
    Our continent no more a moated castle.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    On the Continent people have good food; in England people have good table manners.
    George Mikes (1912–1987)

    Being human signifies, for each one of us, belonging to a class, a society, a country, a continent and a civilization; and for us European earth-dwellers, the adventure played out in the heart of the New World signifies in the first place that it was not our world and that we bear responsibility for the crime of its destruction.
    Claude Lévi-Strauss (b. 1908)