adjective con·tig·u·ous \kən-ˈti-gyə-wəs, -gyü-əs\

—used to describe things that touch each other or are immediately next to each other

Full Definition of CONTIGUOUS

:  being in actual contact :  touching along a boundary or at a point
of angles :  adjacent 2
:  next or near in time or sequence
:  touching or connected throughout in an unbroken sequence <contiguous row houses>
con·tig·u·ous·ly adverb
con·tig·u·ous·ness noun

Examples of CONTIGUOUS

  1. <Connecticut and Massachusetts are contiguous states.>
  2. And in the west, contiguous to Lebanon, was the mountain stronghold of Latakia … —Robert D. Kaplan, Atlantic, February 1993


Latin contiguus, from contingere to have contact with — more at contingent
First Known Use: circa 1609

Synonym Discussion of CONTIGUOUS

adjacent, adjoining, contiguous, juxtaposed mean being in close proximity. adjacent may or may not imply contact but always implies absence of anything of the same kind in between <a house with an adjacent garage>. adjoining definitely implies meeting and touching at some point or line <had adjoining rooms at the hotel>. contiguous implies having contact on all or most of one side <offices in all 48 contiguous states>. juxtaposed means placed side by side especially so as to permit comparison and contrast <a skyscraper juxtaposed to a church>.

Rhymes with CONTIGUOUS

Medical Dictionary


adjective con·tig·u·ous \kən-ˈtig-yə-wəs\

Medical Definition of CONTIGUOUS

:  being in actual contact :  touching along a boundary or at a point
con·ti·gu·ity \ˌkänt-ə-ˈgyü-ət-ē\ noun, plural con·ti·gu·it·ies
con·tig·u·ous·ly adverb


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