adjacent

adjective
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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There are no paintings to decorate the walls adjacent to the dining room. Samantha Myers | Dering Hall, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Minimalist Design," 17 May 2019 Between 2011 and 2013, Kate and William lived on Anglesey, an island adjacent to Caernarfon in North Wales, while the prince was based at RAF Valley. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Step Out in Wales," 8 May 2019 The two stars took photos adjacent to each other on the red carpet during the Met Gala, and once inside, posed for photos with their arms around each other and looking supremely chic. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Emma Roberts and Billie Lourd Had a "Scream Queens" Reunion at the Met Gala 2019," 7 May 2019 Plan your trip to an area adjacent to your actual destination and use public transportation to get around. Adam Schubak, Country Living, "The Best Tips For Affordable Trips and Travel on Any Budget," 19 Dec. 2018 The secretary drew sharp criticism for opening up federal waters adjacent to states that didn't want offshore drilling, while exempting Florida from the same treatment after a meeting from the state's Republican governor. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump will replace Interior Department Secretary next week," 16 Dec. 2018 Like a sword in a stone, the beam angles from the top of the tower through the red-tiled roof of an adjacent former warehouse, anchoring in the floor below. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Shape-Shifting Art Tower Completes Prada’s City Within a City," 15 June 2018 The company that owns a geothermal plant near Hawaii's erupting volcano says lava has burned down a substation and adjacent warehouse that stored a drilling rig at the complex. Fox News, "The Latest: Man goes past checkpoint, crashes into hard lava," 1 June 2018 The latest was a warehouse adjacent to the Puna plant, overtaken by lava on Monday night, Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Time, "Workers Race to Plug Hawaii Energy Plant as Lava Oozes Nearby," 23 May 2018

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of adjacent

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

adjacent

adjective
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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