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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Cattle are contiguous only for want of similarity, racehorses similar only for want of contiguity.
▪ The dorsal arm plates are fan shaped to rounded triangular and contiguous proximally.
▪ The dorsal arm plates are slightly bell shaped or fan shaped, they approach but are not quite contiguous.
▪ The dorsal arm plates are triangular to fan shaped; the first 2-3 dorsal arm plates may be contiguous.
▪ The dorsal arm plates are wider than long, rectangular and contiguous.
▪ The ventral arm plates are not contiguous.
▪ The ventral arm plates are pentagonal with a wide distal edge, and contiguous on proximal arm segments.
▪ The ventral arm plates are pentagonal with the distal edge rounded and contiguous at least proximally.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Contiguous \Con*tig"u*ous\, a. [L. contiguus; akin to contigere to touch on all sides. See Contingent.] In actual contact; touching; also, adjacent; near; neighboring; adjoining.

The two halves of the paper did not appear fully divided . . . but seemed contiguous at one of their angles.
--Sir I. Newton.

Sees no contiguous palace rear its head.

Contiguous angles. See Adjacent angles, under Angle.

Syn: Adjoining; adjacent. See Adjacent. -- Con*tig"u*ous*ly, adv. -- Con*tig"u*ous*ness, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.).


a. 1 connected; touching; abutting 2 adjacent; neighbouring/neighboring 3 connecting without a break

  1. adj. very close or connected in space or time; "contiguous events"; "immediate contact"; "the immediate vicinity"; "the immediate past" [syn: immediate]

  2. connecting without a break; within a common boundary; "the 48 conterminous states"; "the contiguous 48 states" [syn: conterminous]

  3. having a common boundary or edge; touching; "abutting lots"; "adjoining rooms"; "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" [syn: abutting, adjacent, adjoining, conterminous, neighboring(a)]


Usage examples of "contiguous".

Recently, in cases of dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea dysmenorrhagia, and like sexual disorders, massage or gentle flagellation of the parts contiguous with the genitalia and pelvic viscera has been recommended.

A Turkic dialect, Azerbaijani is spoken by several million people in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan and the contiguous areas of Iran and Afghanistan.

Delaware-Maryland-Virginia peninsula, contiguous to Chincoteague, where the wild ponies thrived.

Zendt family had always married late, when the stormy passions of youth had been suppressed and when the family as a whole had time to study contiguous farms to ascertain which had desirable fields that might accompany the girl of the family when she married.

Those organs which are contiguous to the liver, or connected by sympathy with it, should be assisted in the performance of their functions.

When this chronic affection is the result of other derangements, the indications are to restore health in the contiguous organs, and to relieve excessive congestion and nervous excitement in the ovaries.

Omaha tribe, much that is said is applicable to the Ponka, as the two tribes have long had similar environments and a common dialect, for, until 1877, their habitats were almost contiguous, and since 1880 about one-third of the Ponka tribe has been dwelling on its former reservation near the town of Niobrara, Nebraska.

In the lower order of animals, as in sponges, this function is performed by contiguous cells, in a manner almost as elementary as in plants.

In the lower order of animals, as in sponges, absorption is performed by contiguous cells, which are quite as effortless as in plants.

Caliphate mathematical technique to establish a metastable equilibrium that allows convex regions with real and virtual histories to coexist in four-dimensional space-time, while remaining both topologically distinct and contiguous in five-space.

Three more peasant republics, which had sworn charters similar to those of Laon and Soissons, existed in the neighbourhood of Laon, and, their territories being contiguous, they supported each other in their liberation wars.

All around you, throughout your life, unused chronons were being leached out, drawn away from the contiguous universe, until their pull on you was irresistible.

It was peculiarly eligible for his purposes, furnishing a secure retreat, a depot for his arms, ammunition, prisoners and invalids -- difficult of access, easily guarded, and contiguous to the scenes of his most active operations.

Those contiguous to railways were of course so occupied, seeing that the lines were not made till the lands were in the hands of the companies.

Eschaton takes eight to twelve people to play, w/ 400 tennis balls so dead and bald they can't even be used for service drills anymore, plus an open expanse equal to the area of four contiguous tennis courts, plus a head for data-retrieval and coldly logical cognition, along with at least 40 megabytes of available RAM and wide array of tennis paraphernalia.