Definition of continental in English:


Syllabification: con·ti·nen·tal
Pronunciation: /ˌkäntnˈentl


  • 1Forming or belonging to a continent: continental Antarctica
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    • Such locations were defined based on the latitude and longitude of the center of the country (or continental area) of origin.
    • And we can say the same thing for other continents that all large continental areas are clearly having increases in temperature which are directly attributable to human activities.
    • Earthquakes primarily represent a threat to areas where continental plates meet: Japan, Turkey, California, for example.
  • 2Coming from or characteristic of mainland Europe: traditional continental cuisine
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    • Visitors can indulge in Indian, Chinese or Continental cuisine as well as delights from the bakery.
    • Among the chief achievements of the Continental navy was to bring the war to Europe.
    • Arguably, it is this route that Continental philosophy has followed ever since.
  • 3 (also Continental) Pertaining to the 13 original colonies of the US: in 1783 the officers and men of the Continental forces had little to celebrate
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    • Spain has not carried out its rightful purposes in the Americas, and one by one the continental colonies have freed themselves from its yoke.


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  • 1An inhabitant of mainland Europe.
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    • The decision was just one of several which has led to accusations by the continentals of British bias on the European Tour.
    • There he was at Murray Park on Friday patiently informing us of the distinctions the continentals make over European trophies and the terminology utilised.
    • The word ‘federalism’ has an entirely different meaning and historical associations for the British and the continentals.
  • 2 (Continental) A member of the colonial army in the American Revolution: 22 Continentals were killed and scalped
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    • Well for one thing, the American Continentals were wearing uniforms that usually would only be worn by officers, or rich men.
    • It was the ubiquity of the militia that made British victories over the Continentals in the field so meaningless.
  • 3 (also Continental) A piece of paper currency used at the time of the American Revolution: the redemption of Continentals by the government



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  • As is the case with some futuristic plots, the world has essentially become continentally divided into massive regional factions.
  • In the tree, the non-African populations clustered continentally, with bootstrap analysis supporting grouping of European and Amerindian populations.
  • But while corporate business and its political clients are organized continentally, progressives are not.

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