adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, ajesaunt, from Latin adjacent-, adjacens, present participle of adjacēre to lie near, from ad- + jacēre to lie; akin to Latin jacere to throw — more at jet Date: 15th century 1. a. not distant ; nearby <
the city and adjacent suburbs
b. having a common endpoint or border <
adjacent lots
adjacent sides of a triangle
c. immediately preceding or following 2. of two angles having the vertex and one side in commonadjacently adverb Synonyms: adjacent, adjoining, contiguous, juxtaposed mean being in close proximity. adjacent may or may not imply contact but always implies absence of anything of the same kind in between <
a house with an adjacent garage
. adjoining definitely implies meeting and touching at some point or line <
had adjoining rooms at the hotel
. contiguous implies having contact on all or most of one side <
offices in all 48 contiguous states
. juxtaposed means placed side by side especially so as to permit comparison and contrast <
a skyscraper juxtaposed to a church

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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