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Continental adjective
1. Of or pertaining to a continent.

2. Of or pertaining to the main land of Europe, in distinction from the adjacent islands, especially England; as, a continental tour; a continental coalition. Macaulay.

No former king had involved himself so frequently in the labyrinth of continental alliances.

3. (Amer. Hist.) Of or pertaining to the confederated colonies collectively, in the time of the Revolutionary War; as, Continental money.

The army before Boston was designated as the Continental army, in contradistinction to that under General Gage, which was called the "Ministerial army."
W. Irving.

Continental Congress . See under Congress . -- Continental system (Hist.) , the blockade of Great Britain ordered by Napoleon by the decree of Berlin, Nov. 21, 1806; the object being to strike a blow at the maritime and commercial supremacy of Great Britain, by cutting her off from all intercourse with the continent of Europe.

Continental noun (Amer. Hist.) A soldier in the Continental army, or a piece of the Continental currency. See Continental , adjective , 3.

Continental drive (Automobiles) A transmission arrangement in which the longitudinal crank shaft drives the rear wheels through a clutch, change-speed gear, countershaft, and two parallel side chains, in order.

Continental glacier A broad ice sheet resting on a plain or plateau and spreading outward from a central névé, or region of accumulation.

Continental pronunciation (of Latin and Greek.) A method of pronouncing Latin and Greek in which the vowels have their more familiar Continental values, as in German and Italian, the consonants being pronounced mostly as in English. The stricter form of this method of pronouncing Latin approaches the Roman, the modified form the English, pronunciation. The Continental method of Greek pronunciation is often called Erasmian .

Continental system (Hist.) The system of commercial blockade aiming to exclude England from commerce with the Continent instituted by the Berlin decree , which Napoleon I. issued from Berlin Nov. 21, 1806, declaring the British Isles to be in a state of blockade, and British subjects, property, and merchandise subject to capture, and excluding British ships from all parts of Europe under French dominion. The retaliatory measures of England were followed by the Milan decree , issued by Napoleon from Milan Dec. 17, 1807, imposing further restrictions, and declaring every ship going to or from a port of England or her colonies to be lawful prize.

Continently adverb In a continent manner; chastely; moderately; temperately.

Contingence noun See Contingency .

Contingency noun ; plural Contingencies . [ Confer French contingence .]
1. Union or connection; the state of touching or contact. "Point of contingency ." J. Gregory.

2. The quality or state of being contingent or casual; the possibility of coming to pass.

Aristotle says we are not to build certain rules on the contingency of human actions.

3. An event which may or may not occur; that which is possible or probable; a fortuitous event; a chance.

The remarkable position of the queen rendering her death a most important contingency .

4. An adjunct or accessory. Wordsworth.

5. (Law) A certain possible event that may or may not happen, by which, when happening, some particular title may be affected.

Syn. -- Casualty; accident; chance.

Contingent adjective [ Latin contingens , -entis , present participle of contingere to touch on all sides, to happen; con- + tangere to touch: confer French contingent . See Tangent , Tact .]
1. Possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur; incidental; casual.

Weighing so much actual crime against so much contingent advantage.

2. Dependent on that which is undetermined or unknown; as, the success of his undertaking is contingent upon events which he can not control. "Uncertain and contingent causes." Tillotson.

3. (Law) Dependent for effect on something that may or may not occur; as, a contingent estate.

If a contingent legacy be left to any one when he attains, or if he attains, the age of twenty-one.

Contingent noun
1. An event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future; a contingency.

His understanding could almost pierce into future contingents .

2. That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a suitable share; proportion; esp., a quota of troops.

From the Alps to the border of Flanders, contingents were required . . . 200,000 men were in arms.

Contingently adverb In a contingent manner; without design or foresight; accidentally.

Contingentness noun The state of being contingent; fortuitousness.

Continuable adjective Capable of being continued [ R.]

Continual adjective [ Middle English continuel , French continuel . See Continue .]
1. Proceeding without interruption or cesstaion; continuous; unceasing; lasting; abiding.

He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
Prov. xv. 15.

2. Occuring in steady and rapid succession; very frequent; often repeated.

The eye is deligh by a continental succession of small landscapes.
W. Irwing.

Continual proportionals (Math.) , quantities in continued proportion. Brande & C.

Syn. -- Constant; prepetual; incessant; unceasing; uninterrupted; unintermitted; continuous. See Constant , and Continuous .

Continually adverb
1. Without cessation; unceasingly; continuously; as, the current flows continually .

Why do not all animals continually increase in bigness?

2. In regular or repeated succession; very often.

Thou shalt eat bread at my table continually .
2 Sam. ix. 7.

Continuance noun [ Old French continuance .]
1. A holding on, or remaining in a particular state; permanence, as of condition, habits, abode, etc.; perseverance; constancy; duration; stay.

Great plagues, and of long continuance .
Deut. xxviii. 59.

Patient continuance in well-doing.
Rom. ii. 7.

2. Uninterrupted succession; continuation; constant renewal; perpetuation; propagation.

The brute immediately regards his own preservation or the continuance of his species.

3. A holding together; continuity. [ Obsolete] Bacon.

4. (Law) (a) The adjournment of the proceedings in a cause from one day, or from one stated term of a court, to another. (b) The entry of such adjournment and the grounds thereof on the record.

Continuant adjective Continuing; prolonged; sustained; as, a continuant sound. -- noun A continuant sound; a letter whose sound may be prolonged.

Continuate adjective [ Latin continuatus , past participle See Continue .]
1. Immediately united together; intimately connected. [ R.]

We are of Him and in Him, even as though our very flesh and bones should be made continuate with his.

2. Uninterrupted; unbroken; continual; continued.

An untirable and continuate goodness.

Continuation noun [ Latin continuatio : confer French connuation .]
1. That act or state of continuing; the state of being continued; uninterrupted extension or succession; prolongation; propagation.

Preventing the continuation of the royal line.

2. That which extends, increases, supplements, or carries on; as, the continuation of a story.

My continuation of the version of Statius.

Continuative noun [ Confer French continuatif .]
1. (Logic) A term or expression denoting continuance. [ R.]

To these may be added continuatives ; as, Rome remains to this day; which includes, at least, two propositions, viz., Rome was, and Rome is.
I. Watts.

2. (Gram.) A word that continues the connection of sentences or subjects; a connective; a conjunction.

Continuatives . . . consolidate sentences into one continuous whole.

Continuator noun [ Confer French continuateur .] One who, or that which, continues; esp., one who continues a series or a work; a continuer. Sir T. Browne.

Continue intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Continued ; present participle & verbal noun Continuing .] [ French continuer , Latin continuare , -tinuatum , to connect, continue, from continuus . See Continuous , and confer Continuate .]
1. To remain in a given place or condition; to remain in connection with; to abide; to stay.

Here to continue , and build up here
A growing empire.

They continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat.
Matt. xv. 32.

2. To be permanent or durable; to endure; to last.

But now thy kingdom shall not continue .
1 Sam. xiii. 14.

3. To be steadfast or constant in any course; to persevere; to abide; to endure; to persist; to keep up or maintain a particular condition, course, or series of actions; as, the army continued to advance.

If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.
John viii. 31.

Syn. -- To persevere; persist. See Persevere .

Continue transitive verb
1. To unite; to connect. [ Obsolete]

the use of the navel is to continue the infant unto the mother.
Sir T. browne.

2. To protract or extend in duration; to preserve or persist in; to cease not.

O continue thy loving kindness unto them that know thee.
Ps. xxxvi. 10.

You know how to make yourself happy by only continuing such a life as you have been long accustomed to lead.

3. To carry onward or extend; to prolong or produce; to add to or draw out in length.

A bridge of wond'rous length,
From hell continued , reaching th' utmost orb
of this frail world.

4. To retain; to suffer or cause to remain; as, the trustees were continued ; also, to suffer to live.

And how shall we continue Claudio.

Continued past participle & adjective Having extension of time, space, order of events, exertion of energy, etc.; extended; protracted; uninterrupted; also, resumed after interruption; extending through a succession of issues, session, etc.; as, a continued story. " Continued woe." Jenyns. " Continued succession." Locke.

Continued bass (Mus.) , a bass continued through an entire piece of music, while the other parts of the harmony are indicated by figures beneath the bass; the same as thorough bass or figured bass ; basso continuo. [ Italian ] -- Continued fever (Medicine) , a fever which presents no interruption in its course. -- Continued fraction (Math.) , a fraction whose numerator is 1, and whose denominator is a whole number plus a fraction whose numerator is 1 and whose denominator is a whole number, plus a fraction, and so on. -- Continued proportion (Math.) , a proportion composed of two or more equal ratios, in which the consequent of each preceding ratio is the same with the antecedent of the following one; as, 4 : 8 : 8 : 16 :: 16 : 32.

Continuedly adverb Continuously.

Continuer noun One who continues; one who has the power of perseverance or persistence. "Indulgent continuers in sin." Hammond.

I would my horse had the speed of your tongue, and so good a continuer .

Continuity noun ; plural Continuities . [ Latin continuitas : confer French continuité . See Continuous .] the state of being continuous; uninterrupted connection or succession; close union of parts; cohesion; as, the continuity of fibers. Grew.

The sight would be tired, if it were attracted by a continuity of glittering objects.

Law of continuity (Math. & Physics) , the principle that nothing passes from one state to another without passing through all the intermediate states. -- Solution of continuity . (Math.) See under Solution .

Continuo noun [ It .] (Mus.) Basso continuo, or continued bass.

Continuous adjective [ Latin continuus , from continere to hold together. See Continent .]
1. Without break, cessation, or interruption; without intervening space or time; uninterrupted; unbroken; continual; unceasing; constant; continued; protracted; extended; as, a continuous line of railroad; a continuous current of electricity.

he can hear its continuous murmur.

2. (Botany) Not deviating or varying from uninformity; not interrupted; not joined or articulated.

Continuous brake (Railroad) , a brake which is attached to each car a train, and can be caused to operate in all the cars simultaneously from a point on any car or on the engine. -- Continuous impost . See Impost .

Syn. -- Continuous , Continual . Continuous is the stronger word, and denotes that the continuity or union of parts is absolute and uninterrupted; as, a continuous sheet of ice; a continuous flow of water or of argument. So Daniel Webster speaks of "a continuous and unbroken strain of the martial airs of England." Continual , in most cases, marks a close and unbroken succession of things, rather than absolute continuity. Thus we speak of continual showers, implying a repetition with occasional interruptions; we speak of a person as liable to continual calls , or as subject to continual applications for aid, etc. See Constant .

Continuously adverb In a continuous maner; without interruption. -- Con*tin"u*ous*ness , noun

Contline noun
1. (Ropemaking) The space between the strands on the outside of a rope. Knight.

2. (Nautical) The space between the bilges of two casks stowed side by side.

Contorniate Con*tor"ni*a`te noun , [ Italian contorniato , present participle of contorniare to make a circuit or outline, from contorno circuit, outline. See Contour .] (Numis.) A species of medal or medallion of bronze, having a deep furrow on the contour or edge; -- supposed to have been struck in the days of Constantine and his successors. R. S. Poole.

Contorsion noun See Contortion .

Contort transitive verb [ Latin contortus , past participle of contorquere to twist; con- + torquere to twist. See Torture .] To twist, or twist together; to turn awry; to bend; to distort; to wrest.

The vertebral arteries are variously contorted .

Kant contorted the term category from the proper meaning of attributed.
Sir W. Hamilton.

Contorted adjective
1. Twisted, or twisted together. "A contorted chain of icicles." Massinger.

2. (Botany) (a) Twisted back upon itself, as some parts of plants. (b) Arranged so as to overlap each other; as, petals in contorted or convolute æstivation.

Contortion (kŏn*tô"shŭn) noun [ Latin contortio : confer French contorsion . See Contort , and confer Torsion .] A twisting; a writhing; wry motion; a twist; as, the contortion of the muscles of the face. Swift.

All the contortions of the sibyl, without the inspiration.

Contortionist noun One who makes or practices contortions.

Contortive adjective Expressing contortion.

Contortuplicate adjective [ Latin contortuplicatus ; contortus contorted + plicare to fold.] (Botany) Plaited lengthwise and twisted in addition, as the bud of the morning-glory. Gray.

Contour noun [ French contour , from contourner to mark the outlines; con- + tourner to turn. See Turn .]
1. The outline of a figure or body, or the line or lines representing such an outline; the line that bounds; periphery.

Titian's coloring and contours .
A. Drummond.

2. (Mil.) The outline of a horizontal section of the ground, or of works of fortification.

Contour feathers (Zoology) , those feathers that form the general covering of a bird. -- Contour of ground (Surv.) , the outline of the surface of ground with respect to its undulation, etc. -- Contour line (Topographical Suv.) , the line in which a horizontal plane intersects a portion of ground, or the corresponding line in a map or chart.

Contourné' adjective [ French, past participle of contourner to twist.] (Her.) Turned in a direction which is not the usual one; -- said of an animal turned to the sinister which is usually turned to the dexter, or the like.

Contourniated adjective [ Confer Contorniate .] (Numis.) Having furrowed edges, as if turned in a lathe.

Contra A Latin adverb and preposition, signifying against , contrary , in opposition , etc., entering as a prefix into the composition of many English words. Confer Counter , adverb & prefix

Contraband noun [ Italian contrabando ; contra + bando ban, proclamation: confer French contrebande . See Ban an edict.]
1. Illegal or prohibited traffic.

Persons the most bound in duty to prevent contraband , and the most interested in the seizures.

2. Goods or merchandise the importation or exportation of which is forbidden.

3. A negro slave, during the Civil War, escaped to, or was brought within, the Union lines. Such slave was considered contraband of war. [ U.S.]

Contraband of war , that which, according to international law, cannot be supplied to a hostile belligerent except at the risk of seizure and condemnation by the aggrieved belligerent. Wharton.

Contraband adjective Prohibited or excluded by law or treaty; forbidden; as, contraband goods, or trade.

The contraband will always keep pace, in some measure, with the fair trade.

Contraband transitive verb
1. To import illegally, as prohibited goods; to smuggle. [ Obsolete] Johnson.

2. To declare prohibited; to forbid. [ Obsolete]

The law severly contrabands
Our taking business of men's hands.

Contrabandism (-ĭz'm) noun Traffic in contraband goods; smuggling.

Contrabandist noun One who traffics illegally; a smuggler.