In general terms, Asia is bounded on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the south by the Indian Ocean and on the north by the Arctic Ocean.
The western boundary with Europe is a historical and cultural construct, as there is no clear physical and geographical separation between them.
It appears to be one of the most ancient of recorded names. English Asia can be traced through the formation of English literature to Latin literature, where it has the same form, Asia.
) is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres.
It shares the continental landmass of Eurasia with the continent of Europe and the continental landmass of Afro-Eurasia with both Europe and Africa.
The terms Southeast Asia and Oceania, devised in the 19th century, have had several vastly different geographic meanings since their inception.
The chief factor in determining which islands of the Malay Archipelago are Asian has been the location of the colonial possessions of the various empires there (not all European).