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conterminous

[kuh n-tur-muh-nuh s]
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adjective
  1. having a common boundary; bordering; contiguous.
  2. meeting at the ends; without an intervening gap: In our calendar system, the close of one year is conterminous with the beginning of the next.
  3. coterminous.
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Also con·ter·mi·nal [kuh n-tur-muh-nl] /kənˈtɜr mə nl/, co·ter·mi·nal [koh-tur-muh-nl] /koʊˈtɜr mə nl/.

Origin of conterminous

1625–35; < Latin conterminus having a common border with, equivalent to con- con- + terminus terminus; see -ous
Related formscon·ter·mi·nal·ly, con·ter·mi·nous·ly, adverbcon·ter·mi·nal·i·ty, con·ter·mi·nous·ness, nounnon·con·ter·mi·nal, adjectivenon·con·ter·mi·nous, adjectivenon·con·ter·mi·nous·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for conterminal

conterminous

conterminal (kənˈtɜːmɪnəl) or coterminous (kəʊˈtɜːmɪnəs)

adjective
  1. enclosed within a common boundary
  2. meeting at the ends; without a break or interruption
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Derived Formsconterminously, conterminally or coterminously, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin conterminus, from con- + terminus end, boundary
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Word Origin and History for conterminal

conterminous

adj.

1670s, from Latin conterminus "bordering upon, having a common boundary," from com- "together, with" (see com-) + terminus (see terminus).

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