continent [-s] n
L. continent-em, holding together, connected, continuous, holding oneself in, self-restraining, restraining passions; see contain, v.
- Cloud; air mass.
- Mainland; land mass; large area of earth's crust; continuous expanse of land unbroken by ocean; land in general, as opposed to water; [fig.] domain; reign; territory; area over which one has power.
- Container; receptacle; [fig.] kingdom; country; empire.
- Phrase. “Undiscovered Continent”: land mass that ancient explorers and early mariners were seeking; [fig.] soul; hidden essence of one's being.