ad·​ja·​cent | \ ə-ˈjā-sᵊnt How to pronounce adjacent (audio) \

Definition of adjacent

1a : not distant : nearby the city and adjacent suburbs
b : having a common endpoint or border adjacent lots adjacent sides of a triangle
c : immediately preceding or following
2 of two angles : having the vertex and one side in common

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adjacently adverb

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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

Examples of adjacent in a Sentence

The Harrimans owned two large adjacent houses on N Street, one for themselves and one for Averell Harriman's pictures. — Larry McMurtry, New York Times Review of Books, 23 Oct. 2003 Hearing unexpected chords was linked to magnetic activity in a left-brain region known as Broca's area and in adjacent right-brain tissue. — Bruce Bower, Science News, 5 May 2001 The hallways, especially those adjacent to the satellite phone, were crowded with journalists, avid to cover the Taliban takeover … — Michael Ignatieff, New Yorker, 24 Mar. 1997 Digging further in that spot and five adjacent areas, they retrieved 19 skulls, five eggs, over 150 jaws and hundreds of teeth, limbs and bone bits. — Natalie Angier, Time, 8 Oct. 1984 their house is adjacent to a wooded park
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Recent Examples on the Web In addition to tailgating, food trucks will be lined up on West University Avenue, adjacent to Gator Walk Village, featuring a variety of food. Ben Flanagan |, al, 17 Sep. 2021 Also, Seminole County plans to eventually close its Fire Station 25 on Red Bug Lake Road, just east of S.R. 436, and build a new firehouse in a wooded spot adjacent to the new Casselberry police station on Wilshire. Martin E. Comas,, 16 Sep. 2021 The 3,200-square-foot house for sale has a suite on the top floor with a sun deck, two bedrooms on the main level, and a one-bedroom accessory dwelling unit (ADU) adjacent to the garage on the lowest level. oregonlive, 15 Sep. 2021 Culver City Unified, a small district adjacent to L.A. Unified, approved a student mandate ahead of its behemoth neighbor before its school year started. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 After searching for the perfect spot for a memorial, it was decided that the area adjacent to Medina Fire Station 1, 300 W. Reagan Parkway, would be an ideal location. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 12 Sep. 2021 World Trade Center Building 7, which sat adjacent to the towers, was compromised and expected to collapse. Katie Sobko, USA TODAY, 11 Sep. 2021 Alison Clark, the president of the homeowners association in Boulder Walk, one of the neighborhoods adjacent to the site, wrote to the council Tuesday expressing her support for the project. Anjali Huynh, ajc, 9 Sep. 2021 The remediation work comes after the EPA identified soil with high levels of lead and arsenic at Park Crest Elementary, a stream adjacent to the school and the yards of roughly a dozen homeowners. Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of adjacent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for adjacent

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French agisaunt, adjesant, borrowed from Latin adjacent-, adjacens, present participle of adjacēre "to lie near, border on," from ad- ad- + jacēre "to lie," stative derivative from the base of jacere "to throw" — more at jet entry 3

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“Adjacent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of adjacent

: close or near : sharing a border, wall, or point


ad·​ja·​cent | \ ə-ˈjā-sᵊnt How to pronounce adjacent (audio) \

Kids Definition of adjacent

: next to or near something My sister sleeps in the adjacent room.

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