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[ey-zhuh, ey-shuh] /ˈeɪ ʒə, ˈeɪ ʃə/
a continent bounded by Europe and the Arctic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. About 16,000,000 sq. mi. (41,440,000 sq. km).
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  • All the systems of writing of the ancient people of Asia had one thing in common.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • Masses of Asia have awakened to strike off shackles of the past.

  • He and his friends were approaching Macri, on the coast of Asia Minor.

  • He heartily wished Judy had been in Asia before she had spoken of it, and her tongue with her.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Europe may enslave Asia, because it is flattering: but Europe must not free Asia, because that is responsible.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for Asia


/ˈeɪʃə; ˈeɪʒə/
the largest of the continents, bordering on the Arctic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean and Red Seas in the west. It includes the large peninsulas of Asia Minor, India, Arabia, and Indochina and the island groups of Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka); contains the mountain ranges of the Hindu Kush, Himalayas, Pamirs, Tian Shan, Urals, and Caucasus, the great plateaus of India, Iran, and Tibet, vast plains and deserts, and the valleys of many large rivers including the Mekong, Irrawaddy, Indus, Ganges, Tigris, and Euphrates. Pop: 3 917 508 000 (2005 est). Area: 44 391 162 sq km (17 139 445 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Asia

c.1300, from Latin Asia, from Greek Asia, speculated to be from Akkadian asu "to go out, to rise," in reference to the sun, thus "the land of the sunrise."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Asia in Culture

Asia definition

World's largest continent, joined to Europe to the west, forming Eurasia.

Note: Site of some of the world's earliest civilizations.
Note: With three-fifths of the world's population, Asia has some of the world's greatest population densities.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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