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 (kən-tûr′mə-nəs) also co·ter·mi·nous (kō-)
1. Having a boundary in common; contiguous: The northern border of the United States is conterminous with the southern border of Canada.
2. Contained in the same boundaries; coextensive: the conterminous 48 states.
3. Having the same scope, range of meaning, or extent in time.

[From Latin conterminus : com-, com- + terminus, boundary.]

con·ter′mi·nous·ly adv.
con·ter′mi·nous·ness n.
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(kənˈtɜːmɪnəs) ,




1. enclosed within a common boundary
2. meeting at the ends; without a break or interruption
[C17: from Latin conterminus, from con- + terminus end, boundary]
conˈterminously, conˈterminally, coˈterminously adv
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(kənˈtɜr mə nəs)

also con•ter′mi•nal,

1. having a common boundary; contiguous.
2. meeting without an intervening gap: The close of one year is conterminous with the beginning of the next.
3. coterminous.
[1625–35; < Latin conterminus having a common border with =con- con- + terminus terminus; see -ous]
con•ter′mi•nous•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.conterminous - connecting without a break; within a common boundary; "the 48 conterminous states"; "the contiguous 48 states"
connected - joined or linked together
2.conterminous - having a common boundary or edge; abutting; touching; "Rhode Island has two bordering states; Massachusetts and Conncecticut"; "the side of Germany conterminous with France"; "Utah and the contiguous state of Idaho"; "neighboring cities"
connected - joined or linked together
3.conterminous - being of equal extent or scope or duration
commensurate - corresponding in size or degree or extent; "pay should be commensurate with the time worked"
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The mute procession past her shoulders of trees and hedges became attached to fantastic scenes outside reality, and the occasional heave of the wind became the sigh of some immense sad soul, conterminous with the universe in space, and with history in time.
Pan, 2013b: CFSv2 based seasonal hydroclimatic forecasts over conterminous United States.
To map the results, the country (restricted to the 48 conterminous states) was divided into small areas using a unique geocode for each area consisting of three geographic identifiers associated with each NRI sample point-county, Major Land Resource Areas (MLRAs), and hydrologic unit.
Following Koster and Mahanama (2012), a simple water balance model (WBM) is driven with observations-based forcing over the period 1948-2000 on a 2.5[degrees] x 2.5[degrees] grid across the conterminous United States.
The USGS effort addresses all major land cover types found in the conterminous United States, and the SRES story lines are being developed for the ecoregions of the country.
Arnold, 2008: Constructing retrospective gridded daily precipitation and temperature datasets for the conterminous United States.
Completion of the 2011 National Land Cover Database for the conterminous United States--Representing a decade of land cover change information.
Conterminous with these issues are the associated problems of low productivity, high level of employment in the government sector (including public enterprise) and low female participation rate in the labour sector.
The study suggests these invasive insects and diseases could threaten up to 41 percent of the&nbsp; total live forest biomass that remain in the conterminous United States.
Survey (Ed.), Geochemical and Mineralogical Maps for Soils of the Conterminous United States, 386.
Mueller, 2012: CropScape: A web service based application for exploring and disseminating US conterminous geospatial cropland data products for decision support.
Obtaining these two maps from the USGS involves the following complicated identification nomenclature: Composite Magnetic Anomaly Map of the Conterminous United States, Geophysical Investigations Map GP-954-4.