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.
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.]