- touching; in contact.
- in close proximity without actually touching; near.
- adjacent in time: contiguous events.
Origin of contiguous
Synonyms for contiguous
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- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Sharing an edge or boundary; touching.
- Neighboring; adjacent.
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