Meaning of ADJACENT in English


Pronunciation: ə - ' j ā -s ə nt

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, ajesaunt, from Latin adjacent-, adjacens, present participle of adjac ē re to lie near, from ad- + jac ē re 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 common

– ad · ja · cent · ly 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>.

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.