adjacent, adjoining
An adjacent property is normally one that is nearby without necessarily touching the one being considered in relation to it. Similarly, adjacent angles in a triangle are separated by the length of one side of the triangle, an adjacent room can be across a corridor, and adjacent tables are next to each other, but with a space between. Adjoining invariably denotes contact, and is therefore preferable when this meaning is unambiguously required; as a participle it can also govern a following noun rather like a preposition (e.g.

• She and Susan had rooms adjoining, so she had none of the creepy feelings one often gets in a strange house —M. Gervaise, 1983

• Within a few minutes the runaway animal which had broken loose from a field adjoining the railway line was taken back home —Stamford Mercury, 2007).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Adjoining — Ad*join ing, a. Joining to; contiguous; adjacent; as, an adjoining room. The adjoining fane. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Upon the hills adjoining to the city. Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: Adjacent; contiguous; near; neighboring; abutting; bordering. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adjoining — index accession (annexation), adjacent, close (near), contiguous, immediate (not distant), local …   Law dictionary

  • adjoining — adj *adjacent, contiguous, abutting, tangent, conterminous, juxtaposed Analogous words: joined, connected (see JOIN vb): attached (see FASTEN) Antonyms: detached, disjoined Contrasted words: removed, *distant, remote, far …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • adjoining — [adj] being next to abutting, adjacent, approximal, bordering on, connecting, conterminous, contiguous, coterminous, impinging, interconnecting, joined, joining, juxtaposed, near, neighboring, next door, touching, verging; concept 586 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • adjoining — [ad join′iŋ; a join′iŋ, ə join′iŋ] adj. touching at some point or along a line; contiguous SYN. ADJACENT …   English World dictionary

  • adjoining — In its etymological sense, touching or contiguous. as distinguished from lying near or adjacent. Re Ward, 52 NY 395, 397. In certain contexts, close or near to. Matthews v Kimball, 70 Ark 451, 464, 69 SW 547. So, lands separated by a public way… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • adjoining — /euh joy ning/, adj. being in contact at some point or line; located next to another; bordering; contiguous: the adjoining room; a row of adjoining town houses. [1485 95; ADJOIN + ING2] Syn. ADJOINING, ADJACENT, BORDERING all mean near or close… …   Universalium

  • adjoining — ad•join•ing [[t]əˈdʒɔɪ nɪŋ[/t]] adj. being in contact at some point or line; bordering; contiguous • Etymology: 1485–95 syn: adjoining, adjacent both mean near or close to something. adjoining implies touching at a common point or line: adjoining …   From formal English to slang

  • Adjoining — Adjoin Ad*join , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Adjoined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Adjoining}.] [OE. ajoinen, OF. ajoindre, F. adjoindre, fr. L. adjungere; ad + jungere to join. See {Join}, and cf. {Adjunct}.] To join or unite to; to lie contiguous to; to be in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adjoining — adjective /ʌˈʤɔɪn.ɪŋ/ Being in contact at some point or line; joining to; contiguous; bordering: an adjoining room. Syn: adjacent, bordering Ant: separated …   Wiktionary

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