Definitions for contrastkənˈtræst, ˈkɒn træst; ˈkɒn træst

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word contrast

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contrast, direct contrast(noun)

    the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared

    "in contrast to", "by contrast"

  2. contrast(noun)

    the act of distinguishing by comparing differences

  3. line, dividing line, demarcation, contrast(noun)

    a conceptual separation or distinction

    "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"

  4. contrast(noun)

    the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors

  5. contrast(verb)

    the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness)

  6. contrast(verb)

    put in opposition to show or emphasize differences

    "The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student"

  7. contrast, counterpoint(verb)

    to show differences when compared; be different

    "the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"

Wiktionary

  1. contrast(Noun)

    A difference in lightness, brightness and/or hue between two colours that makes them more or less distinguishable.

  2. contrast(Noun)

    The degree of this difference.

    The red and the orange don't have much contrast between them uE000151142uE001 I can hardly tell them apart.

  3. contrast(Noun)

    A difference between two objects, people or concepts.

    Israel is a country of many contrasts.

  4. contrast(Noun)

    A control on a television, etc, that adjusts the amount of contrast in the images being displayed.

  5. contrast(Noun)

    Antithesis.

  6. contrast(Verb)

    To set in opposition in order to show the difference or differences between.

  7. contrast(Verb)

    To form a contrast.

    Foreground and background strongly contrast.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contrast(verb)

    to stand in opposition; to exhibit difference, unlikeness, or opposition of qualities

  2. Contrast(verb)

    to set in opposition, or over against, in order to show the differences between, or the comparative excellences and defects of; to compare by difference or contrariety of qualities; as, to contrast the present with the past

  3. Contrast(verb)

    to give greater effect to, as to a figure or other object, by putting it in some relation of opposition to another figure or object

  4. Contrast(noun)

    the act of contrasting, or the state of being contrasted; comparison by contrariety of qualities

  5. Contrast(noun)

    opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities; unlikeness, esp. as shown by juxtaposition or comparison

  6. Contrast(noun)

    the opposition of varied forms, colors, etc., which by such juxtaposition more vividly express each other's peculiarities

  7. Origin: [F. contraster, LL. contrastare to resist, withstand, fr. L. contra + stare to stand. See Stand.]

Freebase

  1. Contrast

    Contrast is the difference in luminance and/or color that makes an object distinguishable. In visual perception of the real world, contrast is determined by the difference in the color and brightness of the object and other objects within the same field of view. Because the human visual system is more sensitive to contrast than absolute luminance, we can perceive the world similarly regardless of the huge changes in illumination over the day or from place to place. The maximum contrast of an image is the contrast ratio or dynamic range. Contrast is also the difference between the color or shading of the printed material on a document and the background on which it is printed, for example in optical character recognition.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'contrast' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1622

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'contrast' in Nouns Frequency: #719

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'contrast' in Verbs Frequency: #874


Translations for contrast

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • контраст, противопоставям, контрастирамBulgarian
  • protiklad, kontrastovatCzech
  • Kontrast, kontrastieren, gegenüberstellenGerman
  • αντιπαραβάλλωGreek
  • kontrasto, kontrastiEsperanto
  • contraste, contrastarSpanish
  • کنتراستPersian
  • kontrastinappula, kontrasti, verrata, rinnastaa, vastakohtaFinnish
  • contrasterFrench
  • ניגוד, הנגידHebrew
  • contrastar, contrastePortuguese
  • contrastRomanian
  • контраст, противопоставлять, противопоставитьRussian
  • kontrast, kontrasteraSwedish

Get even more translations for contrast »

Translation

Find a translation for the contrast definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these contrast definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"contrast." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 30 Aug. 2015. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/contrast>.

Are we missing a good definition for contrast? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for contrast:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.