- touching; in contact.
- in close proximity without actually touching; near.
- adjacent in time: contiguous events.
Origin of contiguous
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Examples from the Web for contiguous
Since the U.S. Constitution mandates that states be contiguous, Moffat County would just sign up with Wyoming.Colorado’s Strange Secession Vote
November 5, 2013
The Award is limited to Delta Airlines destinations within the 48 contiguous US states and Canada.The Orbitz Business Travel Survey Sweepstakes
December 14, 2012
Even the accepted US formula for two states: “a secure Israel alongside a viable, contiguous Palestine” is humiliating.No Easy Answers
May 11, 2012
There are only 22 million people in an area about the size of the contiguous 48 States of the United States.
There are only 22 million people in Australia—an area about the size of the contiguous 48 States of the United States.
The contiguous forest could not be bolted out, and the Indian wife heard all.A First Family of Tasajara
They are all contiguous to the villages from which they derive their names.
Their destination was a large table plain, contiguous to that on which we had encamped.The Hunters' Feast
I don't know why, but no contiguous African tribes could be more hostile.Being a Boy
Charles Dudley Warner
We were of the same province, and of neighbouring towns, and our estates were also contiguous.Letters of Pliny
- touching along the side or boundary; in contact
- physically adjacent; neighbouring
- preceding or following in time
Word Origin and History for contiguous
1610s, from Latin contiguus "near, touching, bordering upon," from root of contingere "to touch upon" (see contact). Earlier form, now obsolete, was contiguate (mid-15c.).
- Sharing an edge or boundary; touching.
- Neighboring; adjacent.