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"


  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.

  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.


  1. contactnoun

    The act of touching physically.

  2. contactnoun

    The establishment of communication (with).

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

  3. contactnoun

    A nodule designed to connect a device with something else.

    Touch the contact to ground and read the number again.

  4. contactnoun

    Someone with whom one is in communication.

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

  5. contactnoun

    A contact lens.

  6. contactnoun

    a device designed for repetitive connections.

  7. contactverb

    To touch; to come into physical contact with.

    The side of the car contacted the pedestrian.

  8. contactverb

    To establish communication with something or someone

    I am trying to contact my sister.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CONTACTnoun

    Touch; close union; juncture of one body to another.

    Etymology: contactus, Latin.

    The Platonists hold, that the spirit of the lover doth pass into the spirits of the person loved, which causeth the desire of return into the body; whereupon followeth that appetite of contact and conjunction. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 944.

    When the light fell so obliquely on the air, which in other places was between them, as to be all reflected, it seemed in that place of contact to be wholly transmitted. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    The air, by its immediate contact, may coagulate the blood which flows along the air-bladders. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contactnoun

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

  2. Contactnoun

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

  3. Contactnoun

    the plane between two adjacent bodies of dissimilar rock

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


  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

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  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. Jayson Tatum:

    When Jaylen Brown took that dribble, we just kind of made eye contact.

  2. Anthony Fauci:

    How do David Pugh do contact tracing when someone doesn't have any symptoms ? the standard, classic paradigm of identification, isolation, contact tracing doesn't work no matter how good you are because you don't know who you're tracing.

  3. Elissa Wall:

    I remember locking eyes with him for the first time [in court], i felt this overwhelming power that consumed my very soul and I refused to drop eyes. That was my stand. If I can keep contact with him, I can prove to myself that he didn’t control me… I was liberating myself from his control. I was beginning to free myself from the anger I had towards him.

  4. Christian Drosten:

    I do believe that by shutting down bars and restaurants, cancelling major events and closing daycares and schools, a great deal has already been achieved. The goal is to prevent as many people as possible from coming into contact with one another.

  5. Amy Jeffress:

    This was an accident, and a criminal prosecution with a potential penalty of fourteen years imprisonment is simply not a proportionate response, we have been in contact with the U.K. authorities about ways in which Anne Sacoolas could assist with preventing accidents like this from happening in the future, as well as Anne Sacoolas desire to honor Harrys memory.

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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
  • 接触Chinese

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