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
Now, thanks to JetBlue, this is changing—at least within the contiguous U.S.
They are protected under the Endangered Species Act in the contiguous 48 states.
Their secondary goal has been to ensure that Syria’s Kurds do not establish a territorially contiguous area adjacent to the Turkish border.
Islamic State has held a contiguous stretch of territory from Iraq to Syria for more than two years, and cutting the connection between the two countries would be another major blow for the militants.
Today, the string of four groups of small islands totaling 211 acres is a National Wildlife Refuge, home to the largest colony of nesting seabirds in the contiguous United States.
In 1914, the European competitors had contiguous physical borders.
While these instigator allies live safely oceans away, Israel could be left vulnerable to constant future retaliation from contiguous nations inflamed by U.S. war-making.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of contiguous
Latin contiguus, from contingere to have contact with — more at contingent
First Known Use: circa 1609
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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