What does contact mean?

Definitions for contact
ˈkɒn tæktcon·tact

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contactnoun

    close interaction

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

  2. contact, physical contactnoun

    the act of touching physically

    "her fingers came in contact with the light switch"

  3. contactnoun

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

    "litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid"

  4. contact, impinging, strikingnoun

    the physical coming together of two or more things

    "contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull"

  5. contact, middlemannoun

    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 communicationnoun

    a channel for communication between groups

    "he provided a liaison with the guerrillas"

  7. contact, tangencynoun

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

    "they forget to solder the contacts"

  8. contact, touchnoun

    a communicative interaction

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

  9. contact, contact lensverb

    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, contactverb

    be in or establish communication with

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

  11. touch, adjoin, meet, contactverb

    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"

GCIDE

  1. Contactnoun

    (Electricity) A metallic conducting component of an electrical device connected to a circuit within and so situated that it may form a conducting pathway to an external power source or device when contacted by another conductor; as, the contact on a standard light bulb has the shape of a screw for easy insertion into the socket.

    Etymology: [L. contactus, fr. contingere, -tactum, to touch on all sides. See Contingent.]

  2. Contactnoun

    A person who serves to commmunicate information to or from one group to another, whether formally or informally; as, a good Washington reporter has contacts in the White House.

    Etymology: [L. contactus, fr. contingere, -tactum, to touch on all sides. See Contingent.]

Wiktionary

  1. contactnoun

    The act of touching physically.

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

  2. contactnoun

    The establishment of communication (with).

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

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

  3. contactnoun

    A nodule designed to connect a device with something else.

    Touch the contact to ground and read the number again.

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

  4. contactnoun

    Someone with whom one is in communication.

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

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

  5. contactnoun

    A contact lens.

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

  6. contactnoun

    a device designed for repetitive connections.

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

  7. contactverb

    To touch; to come into physical contact with.

    The side of the car contacted the pedestrian.

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

  8. contactverb

    To establish communication with something or someone

    I am trying to contact my sister.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contactnoun

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

    Etymology: [L. contactus, fr. contingere, -tactum, to touch on all sides. See Contingent.]

  2. Contactnoun

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

    Etymology: [L. contactus, fr. contingere, -tactum, to touch on all sides. See Contingent.]

  3. Contactnoun

    the plane between two adjacent bodies of dissimilar rock

    Etymology: [L. contactus, fr. contingere, -tactum, to touch on all sides. See Contingent.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Contact

    kon′takt, n. touching or close union: meeting: (math.) coincidence, as of two curves, in two or more successive points.—adj. Contact′ual, pertaining to contact.—Be in contact (with), to be touching anything; Make contact, to complete an electrical current. [L. conting-ĕre, contactum, to touch—con, wholly, tangĕre, to touch.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. contact

    Brought in contact with, as touching the sides of a ship. In astronomy, bringing a reflected body, as the sun, in contact with the moon or with a star. (See LUNAR DISTANCES, SEXTANT, &c.)

Rap Dictionary

  1. contactnoun

    In this case it is used to emphasize closeness to the microphone ."A fact, I sing and I rap, I hold this mic contact, critics can step back and analyze" -- K-Os (In Heaven Only Knows)

  2. contactnoun

    Inhaling second hand marijuana smoke. i.e. "He is high off the contact."

Editors Contribution

  1. contact

    A form of connection.

    The contact point on the electronics board was simple.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 31, 2020  
  2. contact

    The act of animal or human touch.

    Its natural to choose to contact a person we love.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 31, 2020  
  3. contact

    To communicate with.

    They did contact their family regularly and always ensured they saw them regularly too.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 31, 2020  

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

How to pronounce contact?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contact in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contact in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of contact in a Sentence

  1. Defense Secretary James Mattis:

    Right now we are not having any contact with migrants.

  2. Samer Jaber:

    Just be careful, as your skin in that area will likely be sensitive and topical acne treatments can make this more irritated and even worse. FOGGY GLASSES Since face masks trap the breath and foster moist, humid environments, glasses wearersmay have noticed that wearing a face mask can cause your lenses to fog. In a 2011 study from the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, researchers advised washing the glasses with soapy water immediately before wearing a face mask. Face masks trap the breath and foster humidity so glasses wearers may have noticed that wearing a face mask can cause the lenses to fog. (iStock) After shaking off any excess water, let the spectacles air dry or gently dry off the lenses with a soft tissue before putting them back on. Now the spectacle lenses should not mist up when the face mask is worn, they wrote. Glasses fog because humidity can escape the mask and move upward, coming into contact with the lenses and causing them to fog. Placing a tissue under the top of your face mask can also help absorb some of the droplets, leading to clear lenses. Wearing a mask that can form to the bridge of your nose one with wire, for instance can help prevent the warm air from your mouth from reaching your lenses. DRY, CRACKED HANDS FROM FREQUENT WASHING Next, frequent hand washing, especially during the ongoing pandemic, can lead to skin feeling dry, irritatedor cracked. Preventing rough skin can be as simple as switching to a fragrance-free hand soap, which may contain fewer irritants. But Jaber also recommends carrying hand moisturizer for use after washing and drying your hands, suggesting a cream or an ointment rather than a lotion, as lotions are usually thinner and often contain alcohol. Experts advise carrying hand moisturizer for use after washing and drying your hands. (iStock) Lotions can be great, but creams or ointments are thicker. Vaseline is an ointment, and it really locks things in.

  3. Hedy Chang:

    You absolutely should be in contact with your teacher and let them know what's going on. Otherwise they might be wasting resources trying to track you down.

  4. Robert Ndetei:

    If you don’t plan properly, if you don’t do proper environmental impact assessments, then you are doomed to fail and at the Nairobi National Park this could lead to more lions and other animals coming into contact with a growing human presence.

  5. Paula Poveda:

    We're more connected than my parents' generation and technology allows us to be in contact with friends constantly. We don't have to go out and see them all the time.

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Translations for contact

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  • ملامسه, إتصالArabic
  • свързвам се, допир, контактна леща, контакт, допирам се, докосвам, свързванеBulgarian
  • dotek, kontakt, čočka, kontaktovat, spojeníCzech
  • kontakte, forbindelse, kontaktDanish
  • kontaktieren, Kontakt, Verbindung, Berührung, Kontaktlinse, berührenGerman
  • επαφή, σύνδεσμος, επικοινωνίαGreek
  • kontaktiEsperanto
  • contactoSpanish
  • مخاطب, لمس, لمس کردن, تماس, تماس گرفتنPersian
  • kontakti, yhteys, kosketus, yhteyshenkilö, koskea, liitin, ottaa yhteyttä, yhteydenotto, piilolinssi, ottaa yhteysFinnish
  • connaissance, contact, contacter, lentille, toucherFrench
  • יצר קשרHebrew
  • संपर्कHindi
  • kontaktlencse, kapcsolattartó, kapcsolatHungarian
  • կապորդArmenian
  • kontakIndonesian
  • kontaktarIdo
  • hafa samband, samband, tengiliður, snertingIcelandic
  • contatto, contattareItalian
  • 連絡, 連絡する, 端子, 連絡先, 接続する, お問い合わせ, 接触, 接触する, コンタクト, 接点Japanese
  • په‌یوه‌ندKurdish
  • Kontakt, beréieren, kontaktéieren, KontaktlënsLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • contact, aanraken, contacterenDutch
  • kontakteNorwegian
  • szkło kontaktowe, kontakt, skontaktować (się), kontaktować (się)Polish
  • contacto, contato, tanger, contactar, [[entrar em]] [[contato]], tocar, lente de contato, contatarPortuguese
  • legătură, contact, contacta, atingereRomanian
  • связываться, связь, связаться, связной, контакт, контактироватьRussian
  • höra av sig, kontakt, kontaktaSwedish
  • தொடர்பு, தொடல்Tamil
  • ముట్టుకొను, తాకు, అంటుకొను, సంపర్కించుTelugu
  • kontagalentül, kontagVolapük

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