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continental breakfast a light breakfast, usu. consisting of rolls or pastries and coffee or tea, like that eaten in most European countries.
Continental Congress the revolutionary assembly, made up of landed representatives of the American colonies, that met between 1774 and 1789 to work out a plan of government and adopted both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation.
continental divide an extensive ridge of mountains on a continent that separates river systems flowing in opposite directions.
continental drift the theory that the earth's continents shift their positions because of currents in the molten magma of the earth's mantle.
continental shelf the submerged rim of a continent, from which descent to the ocean floor is usu. precipitous.