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    #1

    contiguous

    Hi,

    I would like to know what does "contiguous" mean here:
    • The ranch is the largest privately owned contiguous piece of property in the state.

    I read in the dictionary that if something is contiguous to something else they are close to each other, either in space of in time. But I'm not sure what does it mean for a thing to be contiguous by itself.

    Thank you.

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    Re: contiguous

    It means it is one piece of land not interrupted by any other ownership. I could have one big piece here and another nearby that are run as one "ranch" but are not connected physically.

    You often hear of the 48 "contiguous" US states. They are all connected to each other. Contrast with Alaska and Hawaii, the last two states. You can drive from any of the 48 states to any other state while only passing through other contiguous states. That is, you can drive from New York to California without ever leaving the US.

    But to get to Alaska, you must drive through Canada. Alaska is not one of the "contiguous" states.
    Last edited by SoothingDave; 02-Oct-2014 at 15:50.

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