Definitions for Contactˈkɒn tækt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•tact*ˈkɒn tækt(n.)

  1. the act or state of touching; a touching or meeting, as of two things or people.

  2. immediate proximity or association.

  3. the act or state of being in communication.

  4. a person one knows through whom one can gain access to information, favors, influential people, etc.

  5. a junction of electric conductors, usu. metal, that controls current flow, often completing or interrupting a circuit.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  6. the interface, generally a planar surface, between geologic strata that differ in lithology or age.

    Category: Geology

  7. a person who has lately been exposed to an infected person.

    Category: Medicine

  8. Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: contact lens.

  9. (v.t.)to put or bring into contact.

  10. to communicate with:

    We'll contact you by phone.

  11. (v.i.)to enter into or be in contact.

  12. (adj.)involving or produced by touching or proximity:

    a contact allergy.

* Usage: Many verbs in English have derived from nouns. One can head an organization or toe the mark; butter the bread or bread the cutlet. Grammatically at least, there is no justification for the once frequently heard criticism of contact used as a verb, esp. in the meaning “to communicate with.” Probably because there is no other one-word verb in the language to express this particular idea, contact as a verb has become standard in all types of speech and writing.

Origin of contact:

1620–30; < L contāctus act of touching


Princeton's WordNet

  1. contact(noun)

    close interaction

    "they kept in daily contact"; "they claimed that they had been in contact with extraterrestrial beings"

  2. contact, physical contact(noun)

    the act of touching physically

    "her fingers came in contact with the light switch"

  3. contact(noun)

    the state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity

    "litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid"

  4. contact, impinging, striking(noun)

    the physical coming together of two or more things

    "contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull"

  5. contact, middleman(noun)

    a person who is in a position to give you special assistance

    "he used his business contacts to get an introduction to the governor"

  6. liaison, link, contact, inter-group communication(noun)

    a channel for communication between groups

    "he provided a liaison with the guerrillas"

  7. contact, tangency(noun)

    (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact

    "they forget to solder the contacts"

  8. contact, touch(noun)

    a communicative interaction

    "the pilot made contact with the base"; "he got in touch with his colleagues"

  9. contact, contact lens(verb)

    a thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication

  10. reach, get through, get hold of, contact(verb)

    be in or establish communication with

    "Our advertisements reach millions"; "He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia"

  11. touch, adjoin, meet, contact(verb)

    be in direct physical contact with; make contact

    "The two buildings touch"; "Their hands touched"; "The wire must not contact the metal cover"; "The surfaces contact at this point"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. contact(noun)ˈkɒn tækt

    communication between people

    I haven't been in contact with him recently.; little contact between family members; We finally made contact with her in Rio.; to lose contact with the space shuttle

  2. contactˈkɒn tækt

    a situation in which people or things touch

    simple human contact; food that has come into contact with chemicals

  3. contactˈkɒn tækt

    sb you know who can help you

    He has many contacts in the medical world.

  4. contactˈkɒn tækt

    a contact lens

    ***I lost a contact.

  5. contact(verb)ˈkɒn tækt

    to communicate with sb

    I contacted them about the job opening.


  1. contact(Noun)

    The act of touching physically.

  2. contact(Noun)

    The establishment of communication (with).

    I haven't been in contact with her for years.

  3. contact(Noun)

    A nodule designed to connect a device with something else.

    Touch the contact to ground and read the number again.

  4. contact(Noun)

    Someone with whom one is in communication.

    The salesperson had a whole binder full of contacts for potential clients.

  5. contact(Noun)

    A contact lens.

  6. contact(Noun)

    a device designed for repetitive connections.

  7. contact(Verb)

    To touch; to come into physical contact with.

    The side of the car contacted the pedestrian.

  8. contact(Verb)

    To establish communication with something or someone

    I am trying to contact my sister.

  9. Origin: From contactus, from contingere (to touch on all sides), from tangere (to touch). Used in English since the 17th Century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contact(noun)

    a close union or junction of bodies; a touching or meeting

  2. Contact(noun)

    the property of two curves, or surfaces, which meet, and at the point of meeting have a common direction

  3. Contact(noun)

    the plane between two adjacent bodies of dissimilar rock


  1. Contact

    Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film adapted from the Carl Sagan novel of the same name and directed by Robert Zemeckis. Both Sagan and wife Ann Druyan wrote the story outline for the film adaptation of Contact. Jodie Foster portrays the film's protagonist, Dr. Eleanor "Ellie" Arroway, a SETI scientist who finds strong evidence of extraterrestrial life and is chosen to make first contact. The film also stars Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, Tom Skerritt, William Fichtner, John Hurt, Angela Bassett, and David Morse. Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan began working on the film in 1979. Together, they wrote a 100+ page film treatment and set up Contact at Warner Bros. with Peter Guber and Lynda Obst as producers. When the project to make the film became mired in development hell, Sagan published Contact as a novel in 1985 and the film adaptation was rejuvenated in 1989. Roland Joffé and George Miller had planned to direct it, but Joffé dropped out in 1993 and Warner Bros. fired Miller in 1995. Robert Zemeckis was eventually hired to direct, and filming for Contact lasted from September 1996 to February 1997. Sony Pictures Imageworks handled most of the visual effects sequences.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Contact' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1725

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Contact' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1519

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Contact' in Nouns Frequency: #574

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Contact' in Verbs Frequency: #363

Translations for Contact

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


physical touch or nearness

Her hands came into contact with acid; Has she been in contact with measles?

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