What does contrast mean?

Definitions for contrast
kənˈtræst, ˈkɒn træst; ˈkɒn træstcon·trast

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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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  4. Contrast(noun)

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

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

  5. Contrast(noun)

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

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

  6. Contrast(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Contrast

    kon-trast′, v.i. to stand in opposition to.—v.t. to set in opposition, in order to show superiority or give effect.—n. Con′trast, opposition or unlikeness in things compared: exhibition of differences.—adj. Contrast′ive. [Fr. contraster—L. contra, opposite to, stāre, to stand.]

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  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

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How to say contrast in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contrast in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contrast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of contrast in a Sentence

  1. Alexandra Rojas:

    I hear people talk all the time about Biden putting together the Obama coalition. Well, the Obama coalition included people under the age of 30, and Joe Biden is losing them by like 60 % some cases, a debate between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden really, really matters, especially at a time when that key demographic shouldn't be dismissed... Millions of voters that have voted for Bernie Sanders, especially young people fighting for our future. We deserve to hear that contrast and continue the contest.

  2. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:

    Which isn't a lot. But this primary is just getting started.Both of these things can't be trueTrump's main pitch for reelection is the economy and, while it hasn't lived up to his 2016 campaign promises, he put forward an extremely rosy outlook in his annual budget proposal, released Monday.Just as an example, read from CNN's story about the predicted deficits in Trump's budget compared to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.Both of these things cannot be true:CBO says budget will grow -- The deficit -- the gap between how much the government spends versus how much it takes in -- surpassed $1 trillion for the calendar year in 2019, marking the first time since 2012.That number is only expected to widen even further over the coming decade, reaching a total of $1.7 trillion in 2030, according to the latest projections by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released in late January.White House says budget will shrink -- That's a sharp contrast to the White House's latest blueprint, which projects that the deficit will shrink to $261 billion by 2030. The President's budget assumes that the economy will grow at around 3% annually during that period of time helping to narrow the gap. Those estimates are significantly higher than what most economists anticipated along with the Federal Reserve.Bonus: Read CNN reporter Donna Borak's piece on the White House plan for more tax cuts despite the deficits.Impeachment falloutGiuliani has a channel to Barr -- Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Rudy Giuliani is giving information regarding his Ukraine conspiracy theories to Attorney General William Barr through some sort of special channel Barr has set up. This is not surprising since Trump clearly lumps his lawyer and the attorney general together. He asked Ukraine's President to be in touch with both of them. But a back channel to the DOJ? This is, um, not how things are supposed to work, writes Elie Honig.Trump weaponizes the presidency -- Read this from Stephen Collinson: (Trump) is completing his project of fashioning the office around his own personality. It's unrestrained, unaccountable, often profane, impervious to outside influence and factual constraints of normal governance. The President has established dominance over his party, his Cabinet and his own media complex. He loosened Congress's constraints by refusing to cooperate with the impeachment probe. The result is that there are very few political constraints on his behavior left.

  3. Erik Jones:

    That is going to create very sharp contrast when the two meet in France.

  4. Matt Wolking:

    In contrast, President Trump is listening to medical and scientific experts and taking every responsible precaution to protect the American people.

  5. Kellyanne Conway:

    Nobody's going to have a silver bullet, a magic elixir on stage at the CNN debate that dislodges Trump from the top of the polls. That's a fool's errand, it's incumbent upon these candidates to show contrast from other people's point of views, including Mr. Trump's.

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Translations for contrast

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  • контраст, противопоставям, контрастирамBulgarian
  • protiklad, kontrastovatCzech
  • Kontrast, kontrastieren, gegenüberstellenGerman
  • αντιπαραβάλλωGreek
  • kontrasto, kontrastiEsperanto
  • contraste, contrastarSpanish
  • کنتراستPersian
  • kontrastinappula, kontrasti, verrata, rinnastaa, vastakohtaFinnish
  • contrasterFrench
  • ניגוד, הנגידHebrew
  • 대조Korean
  • contrastar, contrastePortuguese
  • contrastRomanian
  • контраст, противопоставлять, противопоставить, контрастироватьRussian
  • kontrast, kontrasteraSwedish
  • வேறுபடுத்திப்Tamil
  • ความคมชัดThai
  • اس کے برعکسUrdu
  • tương phảnVietnamese

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