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Dictionary Definition

adjacent adj
1 nearest in space or position; immediately adjoining without intervening space; "had adjacent rooms"; "in the next room"; "the person sitting next to me"; "our rooms were side by side" [syn: next, side by side(p)]
2 having a common boundary or edge; touching; "abutting lots"; "adjoining rooms"; "Rhode Island has two bordering states; Massachusetts and Conncecticut"; "the side of Germany conterminous with France"; "Utah and the contiguous state of Idaho"; "neighboring cities" [syn: abutting, adjoining, conterminous, contiguous, neighboring(a)]
3 near or close to but not necessarily touching; "lands adjacent to the mountains"; "New York and adjacent cities"

User Contributed Dictionary



adjacens, -centis, p. pr. of adjacere; ad + jacere: compare adjacent.


  • /əˈdʒeɪsənt/, /@"dZeIs@nt/


  1. Lying near, close, or contiguous; neighboring; bordering on; as, a field adjacent the highway.
  2. Just before, after, or facing.
    The picture is on the adjacent page.



lying near, close, or contiguous; neighboring
just before, after, or facing

Extensive Definition

Adjacent is an adjective meaning contiguous, adjoining or abutting. Adjacent can also be a fanomuinal hockey play.
In geometry, adjacent is when sides meet to make a angle.
In trigonometry the adjacent side of a right angled triangle is the cathetus next to the angle in question.
In graph theory adjacent nodes in a graph are linked by an edge.
adjacent in Spanish: Adyacente
In a geometrical use, adjacent is a term mathematically used to state that two cathetus(better known as legs)are connected to the right angle.

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