from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state of being contiguous.
  • n. A continuous mass or series.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A state in which two or more physical objects are physically touching one another or in which sections of a plane border on one another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being contiguous; intimate association; nearness; proximity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Actual contact; a touching; the state of being in contact, or within touching distance; hence, proximity of situation or place; contiguousness; adjacency.
  • n. Hence A series of things in continuous connection; a continuity.
  • n. In psychology, the coexistence or immediate sequence of two or more impressions or experiences.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the attribute of being so near as to be touching


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  • There is an advantage in contiguity-chronological and geographical.

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  • This differs from association by contiguity, which is a repetition of experience, and from association by resemblance in the intellectual sense.

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  • The numerous trains of associated ideas are divided by Mr. Hume into three classes, which he has termed contiguity, causation, and resemblance.

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  • The numerous trains of these associated ideas are divided by Mr. Hume into three classes, which he has termed contiguity, causation, and resemblance.

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  • Unfortunately, the above properties-based account of a field is incompatible with the alternative approach to space-time, which takes it to be merely a system of relations (such as contiguity) between physical bodies: if the field quantities are properties of space-time regions and the latter are understood, ultimately, to be reducible to relations between physical objects, where the latter are conceived of in field-theoretic terms, then a circularity appears to arise.

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  • Secondly it was held that the ideas arising from these two environmental sources become linked to - gether by principles of association such as contiguity and resemblance.


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  • One definite kind of contiguity, consisting of mutual approximation of the mucous membranes of the lips in the form of a kiss, has received among the most civilized nations a sexual value, though the parts of the body concerned do not belong to the sexual apparatus but form the entrance to the digestive tract.

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  • Now, motion in a body is known to be capable of being imparted to another body contiguous to it; and the intervention of a hypothetical elastic fluid occupying the space between the sun and the earth, supplies the contiguity which is the only condition wanting, and which can be supplied by no supposition but that of an intervening medium.

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