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contiguous (adj.)

"touching, meeting or joining at a surface or border," 1610s, from Latin contiguus "near, touching, bordering upon," from root of contingere "to touch upon" (see contact (n.)). Earlier form, now obsolete, was contiguate (mid-15c.); contigue (1540s). Related: Contiguously; contiguousness.

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Definitions of contiguous from WordNet

contiguous (adj.)
having a common boundary or edge; abutting; touching; "Rhode Island has two bordering states; Massachusetts and Connecticut";
Utah and the contiguous state of Idaho
Synonyms: adjacent / conterminous / neighboring
contiguous (adj.)
very close or connected in space or time;
contiguous events
Synonyms: immediate
contiguous (adj.)
connecting without a break; within a common boundary;
the contiguous 48 states
Synonyms: conterminous
From wordnet.princeton.edu