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


touching; in contact.
in close proximity without actually touching; near.
adjacent in time: contiguous events.

Nearby words

  1. contextualize,
  2. contexture,
  3. contg.,
  4. conti,
  5. contiguity,
  6. contiguously,
  7. contin.,
  8. continence,
  9. continent,
  10. continental

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

SYNONYMS FOR contiguous
1. bordering, adjoining, abutting. 2. adjacent.

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British Dictionary definitions for contiguously


/ (kənˈtɪɡjʊəs) /


touching along the side or boundary; in contact
physically adjacent; neighbouring
preceding or following in time
Derived Formscontiguity (ˌkɒntɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ) or contiguousness, nouncontiguously, adverb

Word Origin for contiguous

C17: from Latin contiguus, from contingere to touch; see contact

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Word Origin and History for contiguously



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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Medicine definitions for contiguously


[ kən-tĭgyōō-əs ]


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

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