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[kuh n-tig-yoo-uh s] /kənˈtɪg yu əs/
touching; in contact.
in close proximity without actually touching; near.
adjacent in time:
contiguous events.
Origin of contiguous
1605-15; < Latin contiguus bordering upon, equivalent to con- con- + tig- (variant stem of -tingere, combining form of tangere to touch; see tangent, contingent, contact) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; cf. -ous, continuous
Related forms
contiguously, adverb
contiguousness, noun
noncontiguous, adjective
noncontiguously, adverb
noncontiguousness, noun
uncontiguous, adjective
uncontiguously, adverb
uncontiguousness, noun
1. bordering, adjoining, abutting. 2. adjacent. Unabridged
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  • The contiguous forest could not be bolted out, and the Indian wife heard all.

  • 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 Mayne Reid
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for contiguous


touching along the side or boundary; in contact
physically adjacent; neighbouring
preceding or following in time
Derived Forms
contiguity (ˌkɒntɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ), contiguousness, noun
contiguously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin contiguus, from contingere to touch; see contact
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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.).

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contiguous in Medicine

contiguous con·tig·u·ous (kən-tĭg'yōō-əs)

  1. Sharing an edge or boundary; touching.

  2. Neighboring; adjacent.

con·tig'u·ous·ness n.
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