What does contact mean?

Definitions for contact
ˈkɒn tæktcon·tact

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word contact.

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

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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. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont:

    As more than 4,000 people in the state have been encouraged to self-quarantine, a Queens man who drives for taxi or ride-hailing services tested positive after showing up to a St. Johns Episcopal Hospital, which prompted 40 doctors and nurses to self-quarantine, meaning the staff will have to be replaced in the meantime, ABC 14 reports. MAJOR UNIVERSITIES CLOSE CLASSROOMS AMID CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Cuomo complained, however, that many New Yorkers are not following the self-quarantine requirements, but hesays thestate of emergency declaration will free up $ 30 millionused for testing and the purchase of protective gear for healthcare workers. The governor warned storescould lose their licenses for price gouging items like hand sanitizer, one he said was selling it for $ 80 per bottle. Cuomo, who earlier described the virus as like a flu on steroids, also emphasized that more people are dying from the fluthan dying from coronavirus. In this March 3, 2020, file photo, Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker sanitizes surfaces at the Coney Island Yard, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. ( AP) Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker referenced a New Rochelle lawyer, who commuted to work in Midtown via Metro-North before Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker fell ill and became the states second case earlier in the week. Since then, the mans wife and two of his children, a 14-year-old daughterand 20-year-old son, have tested positive, as did a neighbor who drove him to the hospital. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE The patient is believed to have contracted the virus in Westchester County and not through travel. Multiple members of The Young Israel of New Rochelle synagogue, where the man worships, have also tested positive. CORONAVIRUS CONFIRMED CASES AND FATALITIES, STATE BY STATE Cuomo said the state is reconsidering how to address the quarantine period for people in Westchester County who are quarantined after coming in contact with people who have tested positive, to apply to their last contact with other people. The quarantine period is typically 14 days after last contact. WHAT STATES HAVE DECLARED CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCIES ? Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced a second New York state resident who works in the state testing positive for the virus. This most recent case of another New York resident who works in Connecticut testing positive for COVID-19 shows us what we already know coronavirus is here and viruses dont stop at state borders.

  2. Sara Azari:

    I didn't see her face to face, and can’t say for sure what was or wasn’t on her face; however, she has had lengthy face-to-face contact with building personnel, who have confirmed that on at least two separate occasions following the alleged incident and before Friday’s [temporary restraining order] hearing. She had no make-up and no bruises on her face.

  3. Stephen Monroe:

    It's very unlikely that they would be able to spread the disease to fellow passengers, the Ebola virus spreads through direct contact with the blood, secretions, or other body fluids of ill people, and indirect contact -- for example with needles and other things that may be contaminated with these fluids.

  4. Caitlin Cossaboom:

    Having contact with animals that have died from anthrax is actually the most common route for humans to become infected with anthrax, anthrax is difficult to control, and outbreaks can be very difficult to predict.

  5. Nicholas Alahverdian:

    We had legislation that would have been effective,” Nicholas Alahverdian said. “Every child would be ensured an in-state placement, a copy of an enhanced children’s bill of rights, and contact with family, clergy, or lawyers during business hours. These solutions were shot down by Speaker Mattiello and Governor Raimondo.”

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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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