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CONTINENT, a. [L.]

1. Refraining from unlawful sexual commerce, or moderate in the indulgence of lawful pleasure; chaste.

2. Restrained; moderate; temperate.

Have a continent forbearance.

3. Opposing; restraining.

4. Continuous; connected; not interrupted.

The North East part of Asia, if not continent with America--

A continent fever. More generally we now say a continued fever.

CONTINENT, n.

1. In geography, a great extent of land, not disjoined or interrupted by a sea; a connected tract of land of great extent; as the Eastern and Western continent. It differs from an isle only in extent. New Holland may be denominated a continent. Britain is called a continent, as opposed to the isle of Anglesey.

In Spenser, continent is use for ground in general.

2. That which contains any thing. [Not used.]



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CONTINENT, a. [L.]

1. Refraining from unlawful sexual commerce, or moderate in the indulgence of lawful pleasure; chaste.

2. Restrained; moderate; temperate.

Have a continent forbearance.

3. Opposing; restraining.

4. Continuous; connected; not interrupted.

The North East part of Asia, if not continent with America--

A continent fever. More generally we now say a continued fever.

CONTINENT, n.

1. In geography, a great extent of land, not disjoined or interrupted by a sea; a connected tract of land of great extent; as the Eastern and Western continent. It differs from an isle only in extent. New Holland may be denominated a continent. Britain is called a continent, as opposed to the isle of Anglesey.

In Spenser, continent is use for ground in general.

2. That which contains any thing. [Not used.]

CON'TI-NENT, a. [L. continens.]

  1. Refraining from unlawful sexual commerce, or moderate in the indulgence of lawful pleasure; chaste.
  2. Restrained; moderate; temperate. Have a continent forbearance. Shak.
  3. Opposing; restraining. – Shak.
  4. Continuous; connected; not interrupted; as, a continent fever. More generally we now say a continued fever. The northeast part of Asia, if not continent with America … – Brerewood.

CON'TI-NENT, n.

  1. In geography, a great extent of land, not disjoined or interrupted by a sea; a connected tract of land of great extent; as, the Eastern and Western continent. It differs from an isle only in extent. New Holland may be denominated a continent. Britain is called a continent, as opposed to the Isle of Anglesey. – Henry, Hist. Brit. i. 34. In Spenser, continent is used for ground in general.
  2. That which contains any thing. [Not used.] – Shak.

Con"ti*nent
  1. Serving to restrain or limit; restraining; opposing.

    [Obs.] Shak.
  2. That which contains anything; a receptacle.

    [Obs.]

    The smaller continent which we call a pipkin.
    Bp. Kennet.

  3. Exercising restraint as to the indulgence of desires or passions; temperate; moderate.

    Have a continent forbearance till the speed of his rage goes slower.
    Shak.

  4. 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.

    * 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 Continent.

    The Continent, the main land of Europe, as distinguished from the islands, especially from England.

  5. Abstaining from sexual intercourse; exercising restraint upon the sexual appetite; esp., abstaining from illicit sexual intercourse; chaste.

    My past life

    Hath been as continent, as chaste, as true,

    As I am now unhappy.
    Shak.

  6. Not interrupted; connected; continuous; as, a continent fever.

    [Obs.]

    The northeast part of Asia is, if not continent with the west side of America, yet certainly it is the least disoined by sea of all that coast.
    Berrewood.

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Continent

CONTINENT, adjective [Latin]

1. Refraining from unlawful sexual commerce, or moderate in the indulgence of lawful pleasure; chaste.

2. Restrained; moderate; temperate.

Have a continent forbearance.

3. Opposing; restraining.

4. Continuous; connected; not interrupted.

The North East part of Asia, if not continent with America--

A continent fever. More generally we now say a continued fever.

CONTINENT, noun

1. In geography, a great extent of land, not disjoined or interrupted by a sea; a connected tract of land of great extent; as the Eastern and Western continent It differs from an isle only in extent. New Holland may be denominated a continent Britain is called a continent as opposed to the isle of Anglesey.

In Spenser, continent is use for ground in general.

2. That which contains any thing. [Not used.]

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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