Definition of adjoining 

: touching or bounding at a point or line

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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 adjoining in a Sentence

the cows had broken through the fence and were grazing in the adjoining field

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The man in the adjoining apartment, who gave his name as Florian, reached over a dividing wall and grabbed the boy. Brandon Griggs And Kyle Almond, CNN, "Your questions on the 'Spiderman' photo, answered," 29 May 2018 In 1995, tolled express lanes were built alongside regular lanes on 10 miles of State Road 91 in Orange County; last year, another eight miles were added in adjoining Riverside County. Winnie Hu, New York Times, "Is Your E-ZPass the Key to Congestion Pricing?," 21 Mar. 2018 Another partnership was interested in acquiring the adjoining building and turning the space into a restaurant. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Batavia to sell 1870s-era downtown building to kitchen and bath design firm," 19 June 2018 The plans also include ground-floor shops and restaurants, along with a 350-room hotel in an adjoining building. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Why a major Charlotte developer is selling itself to a Japanese forestry company," 28 Apr. 2018 Seven people, including three adjoining land owners, all opposed it. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Lake Station BZA rejects food waste recycling project," 24 May 2018 Yankeetown’s only restaurant is the Blackwater Grill, across the street from the city hall and an adjoining volunteer fire station housing a single shiny red truck. Amy Green, miamiherald, "With Gov. Scott and legislature in denial, tiny town adapts on its own to climate change," 11 July 2018 This bird was later joined by a bunny swinging in a hammock down the street and winged creatures floating around a barn on the adjoining street. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "Artist with special needs brightens up Berkley with chalk drawings," 12 July 2018 Bertrand told CBS News that someone broke into their storefront by accessing an adjoining door between their escape room and the vacant suite next door. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Burglar breaks into escape room business, calls 911 when he can't get out, owner says," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of adjoining

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adjoining

Middle English adjoynyng, from present participle of adjoynen "to adjoin"

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