1. Serving to restrain or limit; restraining; opposing.
  2. Exercising restraint as to the indulgence of desires or passions; temperate; moderate.
  3. Abstaining from sexual intercourse; exercising restraint upon the sexual appetite; esp., abstaining from illicit sexual intercourse; chaste.
  4. Not interrupted; connected; continuous; as, a continent fever.
  5. That which contains anything; a receptacle.
  6. 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.