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con·tig·u·ous

 (kən-tĭg′yo͞o-əs)
adj.
1. Sharing an edge or boundary; touching.
2. Neighboring; adjacent.
3.
a. Connecting without a break: the 48 contiguous states.
b. Connected in time; uninterrupted: served two contiguous terms in office.

[From Latin contiguus, from contingere, contig-, to touch; see contact.]

con·tig′u·ous·ly adv.
con·tig′u·ous·ness n.
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contiguous

(kənˈtɪɡjʊəs)
adj
1. touching along the side or boundary; in contact
2. physically adjacent; neighbouring
3. preceding or following in time
[C17: from Latin contiguus, from contingere to touch; see contact]
contiguity, conˈtiguousness n
conˈtiguously adv
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con•tig•u•ous

(kənˈtɪg yu əs)

adj.
1. touching; in contact.
2. being in close proximity without touching; near.
3. adjacent in time.
[1605–15; < Latin contiguus bordering upon =con- con- + tig-, variant s. of -tingere, comb. form of tangere to touch]
con•tig′u•ous•ly, adv.
con•tig′u•ous•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.contiguous - very close or connected in space or time; "contiguous events"; "immediate contact"; "the immediate vicinity"; "the immediate past"
close - at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other; "close to noon"; "how close are we to town?"; "a close formation of ships"
2.contiguous - connecting without a break; within a common boundary; "the 48 conterminous states"; "the contiguous 48 states"
connected - joined or linked together
3.contiguous - 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
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contiguous

adjective (Formal) near, touching, bordering, neighbouring, beside, adjacent, in contact, adjoining, next door to, juxtaposed, abutting, next, juxtapositional The vineyards are virtually contiguous with those of Ausone.
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contiguous

adjective
1. Sharing a common boundary:
2. Not far from another in space, time, or relation:
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Translations

contiguous

[kənˈtɪgjʊəs] ADJcontiguo (to a)
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contiguous

[kənˈtɪgjuəs] adj (formal) (= adjacent, adjoining) → contigu/guë
to be contiguous with sth → être contigu/guë à qch, être attenant(e) à qch
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contiguous

adj (form)aneinandergrenzend, sich berührend; (in time) → (unmittelbar) aufeinanderfolgend; the estates are contiguousdie Grundstücke grenzen aneinander; contiguous cull (of cattle) → Keulung f
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con·tig·u·ous

a. contiguo-a, adyacente.
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The parts of a line bear a relative position to each other, for each lies somewhere, and it would be possible to distinguish each, and to state the position of each on the plane and to explain to what sort of part among the rest each was contiguous. Similarly the parts of a plane have position, for it could similarly be stated what was the position of each and what sort of parts were contiguous.
As to temples for public worship, and the hall for the public tables of the chief magistrates, they ought to be built in proper places, and contiguous to each other, except those temples which the law or the oracle orders to be separate from all other buildings; and let these be in such a conspicuous eminence, that they may have every advantage of situation, and in the neighbourhood of that part of the city which is best fortified.
And so without particularly analyzing all the contiguous sections of a cone and of the ranks of an army, or the ranks and positions in any administrative or public business whatever from the lowest to the highest, we see a law by which men, to take associated action, combine in such relations that the more directly they participate in performing the action the less they can command and the more numerous they are, while the less their direct participation in the action itself, the more they command and the fewer of them there are; rising in this way from the lowest ranks to the man at the top, who takes the least direct share in the action and directs his activity chiefly to commanding.
If this event is to cause another event, the two will have to be contiguous in time; for if there is any interval between them, something may happen during that interval to prevent the expected effect.
With large business sagacity and an executive capacity which must have been inherited from their father, they now proposed to extend their operations to a larger area and distribute soap to contiguous villages, if these villages could be induced to buy.
A fourth and still more important consideration is, that as almost every State will, on one side or other, be a frontier, and will thus find, in regard to its safety, an inducement to make some sacrifices for the sake of the general protection; so the States which lie at the greatest distance from the heart of the Union, and which, of course, may partake least of the ordinary circulation of its benefits, will be at the same time immediately contiguous to foreign nations, and will consequently stand, on particular occasions, in greatest need of its strength and resources.
The windows of the back rooms overlooked an enormous court, which formed the center of the square made by the buildings which faced the four contiguous streets, and which was now given over to the quartering of the various animals belonging to the warriors occupying the adjoining buildings.
I felt myself being pushed into a little room contiguous to the wardrobe room.
The door he built of pieces of the packing-boxes which had held their belongings, nailing one piece upon another, the grain of contiguous layers running transversely, until he had a solid body some three inches thick and of such great strength that they were both moved to laughter as they gazed upon it.
Contiguous to Mr Allworthy's estate was the manor of one of those gentlemen who are called preservers of the game.
It was likewise to be noted of this majestic spirit that whereas it always appeared with an air of having been out a long time and walked an immense distance, it perceptibly came from a closely contiguous wall.
Ground which forms the key to three contiguous states, so that he who occupies it first has most of the Empire at his command, is a ground of intersecting highways.