1. having a common boundary or edge; abutting; touching

    Synonyms : adjacent, conterminous, neighboring
    Examples :
    • Utah and the contiguous state of Idaho
  2. very close or connected in space or time

    Synonyms : immediate
    Examples :
    • contiguous events
  3. connecting without a break; within a common boundary

    Synonyms : conterminous
    Examples :
    • the contiguous 48 states


  1. a mark used by an author or editor to indicate where something is to be inserted into a text

    Type Of : mark


  1. crested thick-billed North American finch having bright red plumage in the male

    Synonyms : cardinal grosbeak, cardinalis cardinalis, redbird, richmondena cardinalis
    Type Of : finch
  2. the number of elements in a mathematical set; denotes a quantity but not the order

    Synonyms : cardinal number
    Type Of : number
  3. a variable color averaging a vivid red

    Synonyms : carmine
    Type Of : red, redness
  4. serving as an essential component

    Synonyms : central, fundamental, key, primal
    Examples :
    • a cardinal rule
  5. being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order

    Antonyms : ordinal
    Examples :
    • cardinal numbers
  6. (Roman Catholic Church) one of a group of more than 100 prominent bishops in the Sacred College who advise the Pope and elect new Popes

    Type Of : bishop


  1. shaped into alternating parallel grooves and ridges

    Examples :
    • the surface of the ocean was rippled and corrugated


  1. represented in simplified or symbolic form

    Synonyms : formal, schematic
  2. rigidly formal or bound by convention

    Synonyms : ceremonious
  3. conforming with accepted standards

    Synonyms : established
    Examples :
    • a conventional view of the world
  4. following accepted customs and proprieties

    Antonyms : unconventional
    Examples :
    • conventional wisdom
    • she had strayed from the path of conventional behavior
    • conventional forms of address
  5. in accord with or being a tradition or practice accepted from the past

    Examples :
    • a conventional church wedding with the bride in traditional white
    • the conventional handshake
  6. unimaginative and conformist

    Antonyms : unconventional
    Examples :
    • conventional bourgeois lives
    • conventional attitudes
  7. (weapons) using energy for propulsion or destruction that is not nuclear energy

    Antonyms : nuclear
    Examples :
    • conventional warfare
    • conventional weapons


  1. a difficult problem

    Synonyms : brain-teaser, enigma, riddle
    Type Of : problem


  1. an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration

    Synonyms : bruise
    Type Of : trauma, harm, hurt, injury
  2. the action of bruising

    Type Of : hit, striking, hitting
    Examples :
    • the bruise resulted from a contusion


  1. wilfully obstinate; stubbornly disobedient


  1. sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation

    Synonyms : attrition, contriteness
    Type Of : regret, rue, ruefulness, sorrow


  1. feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

    Synonyms : remorseful, rueful, ruthful