Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having a boundary in common; contiguous.
  • adjective Contained in the same boundaries; coextensive.
  • adjective Having the same scope, range of meaning, or extent in time.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the same limit; bordering; touching at the boundary; contiguous.
  • . Having the same borders or limits, and hence of the same extent or size; of equal extension.
  • . In zoöl., having the same limitation or definition: said of classificatory groups.
  • Also coterminous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having the same bounds, or limits; bordering upon; contiguous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Meeting end-to-end or at the ends.
  • adjective geography Adjoining; sharing a boundary.
  • adjective Having the same scope, range of meaning, or extent in time.
  • adjective law Said of linked or related property leases that expire together.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having a common boundary or edge; abutting; touching
  • adjective being of equal extent or scope or duration
  • adjective connecting without a break; within a common boundary

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin conterminus : com-, com- + terminus, boundary.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin conterminus, from con- ("with") + terminus ("border, end")

Examples

  • Paper Title: Implications of recent sea level rise science for low-elevation areas in coastal cities of the conterminous U.S..

    David Kroodsma: Weekly Climate Science Roundup

  • Paper Title: Implications of recent sea level rise science for low-elevation areas in coastal cities of the conterminous U.S..

    David Kroodsma: Weekly Climate Science Roundup

  • Recent photographic documentation of poor siting conditions at stations in the U.S. Historical Climatology Network USHCN has led to questions regarding the reliability of surface temperature trends over the conterminous U.S.

    The hedgehog and the hyena

  • Recent photographic documentation of poor siting conditions at stations in the U.S. Historical Climatology Network USHCN has led to questions regarding the reliability of surface temperature trends over the conterminous U.S.

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • At level III, the continental United States contains 104 ecoregions and the conterminous United States has 84 ecoregions (United States Environmental Protection Agency [USEPA], 2003).

    Ecoregions of Oregon (EPA)

  • At level III, the continental United States contains 104 ecoregions and the conterminous United States has 84 ecoregions (United States Environmental Protection Agency [USEPA] 2002).

    Ecoregions of North Carolina and South Carolina (EPA)

  • A carbon budget for forests of the conterminous United States.

    Climate change and fire in the Arctic

  • At level III, the continental United States contains 104 ecoregions and the conterminous United States has 84 ecoregions (United States Environmental Protection Agency [USEPA] 2000).

    Ecoregions of Utah (EPA)

  • The first compilation of ecoregions in the conterminous United States by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) was performed at a relatively cursory scale (1: 3,168,000), and was published at a smaller scale (1: 7,500,000) (Omernik, 1987).

    Ecoregions of New Jersey (EPA)

  • At level III, the continental United States contains 104 ecoregions, whereas the conterminous United States has 84.

    Ecoregions of New Jersey (EPA)

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  • "In zoöl., having the same limitation or definition: said of classificatory groups. Thus, a genus which is the only one of a family is conterminous with it; the modern group Ichthyopsida is conterminous with the two classes Pisces and Amphibia. Also conterminate." --Cent. Dict.

    June 6, 2012