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

Synonyms for contiguous

1. bordering, adjoining, abutting. 2. adjacent.
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Examples from the Web for non-contiguous

Historical Examples of non-contiguous

  • 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 non-contiguous


  1. touching along the side or boundary; in contact
  2. physically adjacent; neighbouring
  3. preceding or following in time
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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 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


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