[ 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
By doing that, I had the longest year you could possibly have in the contiguous United States.Tips for visiting U.S. national parks from someone who visited them all|Andrea Sachs|December 17, 2020|Washington Post
Once widespread across the United States, gray wolves were nearly erased from the contiguous states by the early 20th century due to massive overhunting.Gray wolves are leaving the endangered species list. But should they?|Ula Chrobak|November 5, 2020|Popular-Science
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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