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contiguous

[ kuhn-tig-yoo-uhs ]
/ kənˈtɪg yu əs /
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adjective

touching; in contact.
in close proximity without actually touching; near.
adjacent in time: contiguous events.
1 bordering, adjoining, abutting.

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Origin of contiguous

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin contiguus “touching, bordering upon,“ equivalent to prefix con- “with, together” + tig- (variant stem of -tingere, combining form of tangere “to touch”) + -uus adjective suffix; see con-, tangent, contingent, contact;cf. -ous, continuous
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British Dictionary definitions for contiguous

contiguous
/ (kənˈtɪɡjʊəs) /

adjective

touching along the side or boundary; in contact
physically adjacent; neighbouring
preceding or following in time
contiguity (ˌkɒntɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ) or contiguousness, nouncontiguously, adverb
C17: from Latin contiguus, from contingere to touch; see contact
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Medical definitions for contiguous

contiguous
[ kən-tĭgyōō-əs ]

adj.

Sharing an edge or boundary; touching.
Neighboring; adjacent.
con•tigu•ous•ness n.
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