contiguous

[kuhn-tig-yoo-uhs]
adjective
1.
touching; in contact.
2.
in close proximity without actually touching; near.
3.
adjacent in time: contiguous events.

Origin:
1605–15; < Latin contiguus bordering upon, equivalent to con- con- + tig- (variant stem of -tingere, combining form of tangere to touch; see tangent, contingent, contact) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; cf. -ous, continuous

contiguously, adverb
contiguousness, noun
noncontiguous, adjective
noncontiguously, adverb
noncontiguousness, noun
uncontiguous, adjective
uncontiguously, adverb
uncontiguousness, noun


1. bordering, adjoining, abutting. 2. adjacent.
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contiguous (kənˈtɪɡjʊəs)
 
adj
1.  touching along the side or boundary; in contact
2.  physically adjacent; neighbouring
3.  preceding or following in time
 
[C17: from Latin contiguus, from contingere to touch; see contact]
 
contiguity
 
n
 
con'tiguousness
 
n
 
con'tiguously
 
adv

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contiguous
1610s, from L. contiguus "bordering upon," from base of contingere "to touch upon" (see contact). Earlier form, now obs., was contiguate (mid-15c.).
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contiguous con·tig·u·ous (kən-tĭg'yōō-əs)
adj.

  1. Sharing an edge or boundary; touching.

  2. Neighboring; adjacent.


con·tig'u·ous·ness n.
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Example sentences
The astronauts climbed through a hatch from the command module into the
  contiguous lander.
The ranch is the largest privately owned contiguous piece of property in the
  state.
Again, all of these readings are contiguous and present and valid, informing
  one another emotionally.
The museum makes a good starting point for a walk along one of the longest
  contiguous sections of this ancient structure.
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