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Contiguous - definition(s)


(1) [data structures] Of polygons: adjacent; having a common boundary; sharing an edge.

(2) [data structures] Of raster cells: connected orthogonally or diagonally; or, sometimes, connected strictly orthogonally.

(3) [data structures] Of TIN edges: having no gaps or overlaps.

[Category=Geospatial ]

Source: esri, 04 March 2012 08:10:56, External 

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contiguous - Contiguous describes two or more objects that are adjacent to each other. In computing, contiguous data is data that is moved or stored in a solid uninterrupted block.

In general, contiguous data can be accessed more quickly than data that is stored in fragments because fewer access operations will be required. Files are sometimes stored in fragments so that storage space can be used more efficiently (all the small spaces can be used).

Related glossary terms: drill down, hybrid online analytical processing (HOLAP or Hybrid OLAP), contiguity, database mirroring, hash / hashing / hash algorithm

[Category=Data Management ]

Source:, 15 July 2013 08:55:03, External




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