|a.||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; |
|3.||(Amer. Hist.) Of or pertaining to the confederated colonies collectively, in the time of the Revolutionary War; |
The army before Boston was designated as the Continental army, in contradistinction to that under General Gage, which was called the "Ministerial army."
|n.||1.||(Amer. Hist.) A soldier in the Continental army. See Continental, |
|2.||(Amer. Hist.) a piece of the Continental currency, paper money issued under authority of the Continental Congress. See Continental, |
|Adj.||1.||continental - of or pertaining to or typical of Europe; "a Continental breakfast"|
|2.||continental - of or relating to or concerning the American colonies during and immediately after the Revolutionary War; "the Continental Army"; "the Continental Congress"|
|3.||continental - of or relating to or characteristic of a continent; "the continental divide"; "continental drift"|
|4.||continental - being or concerning or limited to a continent especially the continents of North America or Europe; "the continental United States"; "continental Europe"; "continental waters"|
intercontinental - extending or taking place between or among continents; "intercontinental exploration"; "intercontinental flights"