- touching; in contact.
- in close proximity without actually touching; near.
- adjacent in time: contiguous events.
Origin of contiguous
1605–15;Related formscon·tig·u·ous·ly, adverbcon·tig·u·ous·ness, nounnon·con·tig·u·ous, adjectivenon·con·tig·u·ous·ly, adverbnon·con·tig·u·ous·ness, nounun·con·tig·u·ous, adjectiveun·con·tig·u·ous·ly, adverbun·con·tig·u·ous·ness, noun
< Latin contiguus
bordering upon, equivalent to con- con-
(variant stem of -tingere,
combining form of tangere
to touch; see tangent
) + -uus
deverbal adj. suffix; cf. -ous
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Derived Formscontiguity (ˌkɒntɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ) or contiguousness, nouncontiguously, adverb
- touching along the side or boundary; in contact
- physically adjacent; neighbouring
- preceding or following in time
Word Origin for contiguous
C17: from Latin contiguus, from contingere to touch; see contact
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Word Origin and History for non-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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non-contiguous in Medicine
Related formscon•tig′u•ous•ness n.
- Sharing an edge or boundary; touching.
- Neighboring; adjacent.
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