Definition of contiguous
1 : being in actual contact : touching along a boundary or at a point the 48 contiguous states
2 of angles : adjacent 2
3 : next or near in time or sequence The fires were contiguous with the earthquake.
4 : touching or connected throughout in an unbroken sequence contiguous row houses contiguous vineyards
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Examples of contiguous in a Sentence
And in the west, contiguous to Lebanon, was the mountain stronghold of Latakia … —Robert D. Kaplan, Atlantic, February 1993
The Santa Monica Mountains, a sort of foot-note to the big contiguous ranges, stood off to the southwest of us, discrete and small. —John McPhee, New Yorker, 26 Sept. 1988
‘I've had my men looking into the land situation … and they think they could get us an additional thirty thousand acres, not all of it contiguous but we might make some trades.’ —James A. Michener, Texas, 1985
Connecticut and Massachusetts are contiguous states.
Recent Examples of contiguous from the Web
The survey of 1,205 adults throughout the contiguous United States was conducted June 21-25.
The upcoming total eclipse of the sun will be the first of the internet age in the contiguous United States, and its approach is being heralded by a deluge of data, websites, publications and guides.
The stamps commemorate the upcoming total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, the first seen in the contiguous U.S. since 1979.
The eclipse in August will be the first total solar eclipse over the 48 contiguous states since 1979.
The two contiguous brick properties, located at 273-275 West 11th Street between Bleecker and West 4th Streets, were sold by the United Methodist Women.
With 23 million acres covering 69 percent of the available land, Alabama's timber acreage is the third highest in the contiguous United States, behind Georgia and Oregon, according to state reports.
A potential peace accord could be based, as demanded by the Palestinian side, on the Green Line, allowing Israel to retain these blocks and creating a contiguous State of Palestine.
There is a contiguous row of nine such pairings — pint-size below, family-size above — on our street.
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Did You Know?
You probably won't be surprised to learn that the word contact is a relative of contiguous, but would you believe that contagion and contingent are too? All of those words derive from the Latin contingere, meaning "to have contact with." The words contact and contiguous are fairly easy to connect with contingere, but what of the other two? In its early use, contingent was a synonym of "touching," and if you remember that touching something can pollute it (and that another meaning of contingere was "to pollute"), then contagion logically ties in, too.
Synonym Discussion of contiguous
CONTIGUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of contiguous for English Language Learners
—used to describe things that touch each other or are immediately next to each other
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