What is continent?

  • (noun): One of the large landmasses of the earth.
    Example: "There are seven continents"; "pioneers had to cross the continent on foot"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Continent

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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Shanhai Yudi Quantu - Description - Magallania
... This 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 (hypothesized ... The map notes how little is known about this continent – "Few have reached these southern regions ...
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 ... are listed in chronological order of transcontinental occurrence with the number of continents covered in parentheses and the nation's primary continent listed ...
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 ...
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 continental crust a ... 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 ... The margins of geologic continents are characterized by currently active or relatively recently active mobile belts and deep troughs of accumulated marine or deltaic sediments ...
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 geometry and ...

More definitions of "continent":

  • (adj): Abstaining from sexual intercourse.
    Synonyms: celibate
  • (noun): The European mainland.
    Example: "Englishmen like to visit the Continent but they wouldn't like to live there"
  • (adj): Having control over urination and defecation.

Famous quotes containing the word continent:

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

    Beyond the horizon, or even the knowledge, of the cities along the coast, a great, creative impulse is at work—the only thing, after all, that gives this continent meaning and a guarantee of the future. Every Australian ought to climb up here, once in a way, and glimpse the various, manifold life of which he is a part.
    Vance Palmer (1885–1959)

    The second day of July 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more
    John Adams (1735–1826)