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contiguous

[kuh n-tig-yoo-uh s] /kənˈtɪg yu əs/
adjective
1.
touching; in contact.
2.
in close proximity without actually touching; near.
3.
adjacent in time:
contiguous events.
Origin
1605-1615
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
Related forms
contiguously, adverb
contiguousness, noun
noncontiguous, adjective
noncontiguously, adverb
noncontiguousness, noun
uncontiguous, adjective
uncontiguously, adverb
uncontiguousness, noun
Synonyms
1. bordering, adjoining, abutting. 2. adjacent.
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British Dictionary definitions for contiguously

contiguous

/kənˈtɪɡjʊəs/
adjective
1.
touching along the side or boundary; in contact
2.
physically adjacent; neighbouring
3.
preceding or following in time
Derived Forms
contiguity (ˌkɒntɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ), contiguousness, noun
contiguously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin contiguus, from contingere to touch; see contact
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Word Origin and History for contiguously

contiguous

adj.

1610s, from Latin contiguus "near, touching, bordering upon," from root of contingere "to touch upon" (see contact). Earlier form, now obsolete, was contiguate (mid-15c.).

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contiguously in Medicine

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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