Definitions for contrastkənˈtræst, ˈkɒn træst; ˈkɒn træst
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
con•trastkənˈtræst, ˈkɒn træst; ˈkɒn træst(v.; n.; v.t.)
to compare in order to show unlikeness or differences; note the opposite qualities of.
(v.i.)to exhibit unlikeness on comparison with something else; form a contrast.
(of linguistic elements, as speech sounds) to differ in a way that can serve to distinguish meanings.
(n.)the act of contrasting; the state of being contrasted.
a striking exhibition of unlikeness.
a person or thing that is strikingly unlike in comparison.
opposition or juxtaposition of different forms, lines, or colors in a work of art.
Category: Fine Arts
the relative difference between light and dark areas of a photographic print or negative.
the brightness ratio of the lightest to the darkest part of a television screen image.
Category: Radio and Television
a difference between linguistic elements, esp. sounds, that can serve to distinguish meanings.
Category: Phonetics, Language/Linguistics
Origin of contrast:
1480–90; (v.) < MF contraster < It contrastare to contest < L contrā-contra -1+stāre to stand ; (n.) earlier contraste < F < It contrasto conflict, der. of contrastare
contrast, direct contrast(noun)
the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared
"in contrast to", "by contrast"
the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
line, dividing line, demarcation, contrast(noun)
a conceptual separation or distinction
"there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors
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)
put in opposition to show or emphasize differences
"The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student"
to show differences when compared; be different
"the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
contrast(noun)ənˈtræst, ˈkɒn træst; n. ˈkɒn træst
the contrast between his public and private life; His views were sharply in contrast to her own.
contrastənˈtræst, ˈkɒn træst; n. ˈkɒn træst
the difference between shades of color or light
adding contrast with darker colors
contrast(verb)ənˈtræst, ˈkɒn træst; n. ˈkɒn træst
to compare two things to show a contrast
Compare and contrast the two main characters in the story.
contrastənˈtræst, ˈkɒn træst; n. ˈkɒn træst
to be noticeably different
His enthusiasm for life contrasts with her pessimism.
A difference in lightness, brightness and/or hue between two colours that makes them more or less distinguishable.
The degree of this difference.
The red and the orange don't have much contrast between them uE000151142uE001 I can hardly tell them apart.
A difference between two objects, people or concepts.
Israel is a country of many contrasts.
A control on a television, etc, that adjusts the amount of contrast in the images being displayed.
To set in opposition in order to show the difference or differences between.
To form a contrast.
Foreground and background strongly contrast.
to stand in opposition; to exhibit difference, unlikeness, or opposition of qualities
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
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
the act of contrasting, or the state of being contrasted; comparison by contrariety of qualities
opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities; unlikeness, esp. as shown by juxtaposition or comparison
the opposition of varied forms, colors, etc., which by such juxtaposition more vividly express each other's peculiarities
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.
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Rank popularity for the word 'contrast' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1622
Rank popularity for the word 'contrast' in Nouns Frequency: #719
Rank popularity for the word 'contrast' in Verbs Frequency: #874
Translations for contrast
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
difference(s) in things or people that are compared
The contrast between their attitudes is very marked.
- إخْتِلاف، تَبايُن، فَرقArabic
- contrastePortuguese (BR)
- rozpor, kontrastCzech
- der GegensatzGerman
- kontrast; modsætningDanish
- נִגוּד @@@נִיגוּד$$$Hebrew
- kontrast, suprotnostCroatian
- kontrastas, skirtumasLithuanian
- kontrast(virkning), motsetningNorwegian
- kontrast, skillnadSwedish
- 對比Chinese (Trad.)
- فرق، امتيازUrdu
- sự tương phảnVietnamese
- 对比Chinese (Simp.)
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