continental ( continentals plural )
1 adj Continental means situated on or belonging to the continent of Europe except for Britain.
(mainly BRIT) ADJ n
He sees no signs of improvement in the UK and continental economy.
2 n-count A continental is someone who comes from the continent of Europe.
INFORMAL usu pl
3 adj If you describe someone or something as continental, you think that they are typical of the continent of Europe.
INFORMAL usu v-link ADJ
4 adj Continental is used to refer to something that belongs to or relates to a continent.
The most ancient parts of the continental crust are 4000 million years old.
5 adj The continental United States consists of all the states which are situated on the continent of North America, as opposed to Hawaii and territories such as the Virgin Islands.
(mainly AM) usu ADJ n
Shipping is included on orders sent within the continental U.S.
6 adj Continental means existing or happening in the American colonies during the American Revolution.
(AM) usu ADJ n
...George Washington, Commander of the Continental Army...
7 n-count Continentals were soldiers who fought in the Continental Army against the British in the American Revolution. (AM)
continental breakfast ( continental breakfasts plural ) A continental breakfast is breakfast that consists of food such as bread, butter, jam, and a hot drink. There is no cooked food. n-count
Continental drift is the slow movement of the Earth's continents towards and away from each other. n-uncount
Thecontinental shelf is the area which forms the edge of a continent, ending in a steep slope to the depths of the ocean. n-uncount
...the deep water off the Continental Shelf.
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