[ kuhn-tig-yoo-uhs ]
/ kənˈtɪg yu əs /
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touching; in contact.
in close proximity without actually touching; near.
adjacent in time: contiguous events.
OTHER WORDS FOR contiguous
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM contiguous
con·tig·u·ous·ly, adverbcon·tig·u·ous·ness, nounnon·con·tig·u·ous, adjectivenon·con·tig·u·ous·ly, adverb
non·con·tig·u·ous·ness, nounun·con·tig·u·ous, adjectiveun·con·tig·u·ous·ly, adverbun·con·tig·u·ous·ness, noun
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How to use contiguous in a sentence
The whorls are described as non-contiguous, when they do not touch each other; continuous, in the opposite case.A Conchological Manual|George Brettingham Sowerby
British Dictionary definitions for contiguous
/ (kənˈtɪɡjʊəs) /
touching along the side or boundary; in contact
physically adjacent; neighbouring
preceding or following in time
Derived forms of contiguouscontiguity (ˌkɒntɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ) or contiguousness, nouncontiguously, adverb
Word Origin for contiguous
C17: from Latin contiguus, from contingere to touch; see contact
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