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CONTACT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contact mean? 

CONTACT (noun)
  The noun CONTACT has 9 senses:

1. close interaction
2. the state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity
3. the act of touching physically
4. the physical coming together of two or more things
5. a person who is in a position to give you special assistance
6. a channel for communication between groups
7. (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact
8. a communicative interaction
9. a thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication

  Familiarity information: CONTACT used as a noun is familiar.


CONTACT (verb)
  The verb CONTACT has 2 senses:

1. be in or establish communication with
2. be in direct physical contact with; make contact

  Familiarity information: CONTACT used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTACT (noun)


Sense 1contact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Close interaction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("contact" is a kind of...):

interaction (a mutual or reciprocal action; interacting)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contact"):

brush (contact with something dangerous or undesirable)

eye contact (contact that occurs when two people look directly at each other)

placement (contact established between applicants and prospective employees)


Sense 2contact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid

Hypernyms ("contact" is a kind of...):

connectedness; connection; link (the state of being connected)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contact"):

osculation ((mathematics) a contact of two curves (or two surfaces) at which they have a common tangent)

tangency (the state of being tangent; having contact at a single point or along a line without crossing)


Sense 3contact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of touching physically

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

physical contact; contact

Context example:

her fingers came in contact with the light switch

Hypernyms ("contact" is a kind of...):

touch; touching (the act of putting two things together with no space between them)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contact"):

laying on (the act of contacting something with your hand)

snick (a glancing contact with the ball off the edge of the cricket bat)

fair ball ((baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it stays between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field)

rub; wipe (the act of rubbing or wiping)


Sense 4contact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The physical coming together of two or more things

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

striking; impinging; contact

Context example:

contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull

Hypernyms ("contact" is a kind of...):

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contact"):

touch; touching (the event of something coming in contact with the body)

impact (the striking of one body against another)

flick (a light sharp contact (usually with something flexible))

engagement; interlocking; mesh; meshing (contact by fitting together)

collision; hit ((physics) an brief event in which two or more bodies come together)


Sense 5contact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who is in a position to give you special assistance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

middleman; contact

Context example:

he used his business contacts to get an introduction to the governor

Hypernyms ("contact" is a kind of...):

representative (a person who represents others)


Sense 6contact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A channel for communication between groups

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

inter-group communication; liaison; contact; link

Context example:

he provided a liaison with the guerrillas

Hypernyms ("contact" is a kind of...):

channel; communication channel; line ((often plural) a means of communication or access)


Sense 7contact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

tangency; contact

Context example:

they forget to solder the contacts

Hypernyms ("contact" is a kind of...):

conjunction; junction (something that joins or connects)

Domain category:

electronics (the branch of physics that deals with the emission and effects of electrons and with the use of electronic devices)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contact"):

contact arm; wiper; wiper arm (contact consisting of a conducting arm that rotates over a series of fixed contacts and comes to rest on an outlet)

tread (the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground)

pole; terminal (a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves)

sound bow (contact (the part of a bell) against which the clapper strikes)

short; short circuit (accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference)

p-n junction (the junction between a p-type semiconductor and an n-type semiconductor)

electrical contact (contact that allows current to pass from one conductor to another)

breaker point; distributor point; point (a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs)


Sense 8contact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A communicative interaction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

touch; contact

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("contact" is a kind of...):

communicating; communication (the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information)


Sense 9contact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

contact lens; contact

Hypernyms ("contact" is a kind of...):

lens; lens system; lense (a transparent optical device used to converge or diverge transmitted light and to form images)


CONTACT (verb)


Sense 1contact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be in or establish communication with

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

contact; get hold of; reach; get through

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "contact" is one way to...):

communicate; intercommunicate (transmit thoughts or feelings)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contact"):

raise (establish radio communications with)

ping (contact, usually in order to remind of something)

ping (send a message from one computer to another to check whether it is reachable and active)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 2contact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be in direct physical contact with; make contact

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

adjoin; contact; touch; meet

Context examples:

The two buildings touch / Their hands touched / The wire must not contact the metal cover / The surfaces contact at this point

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contact"):

border; skirt; surround (extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle)

abut; adjoin; border; butt; butt against; butt on; edge; march (lie adjacent to another or share a boundary)

hug (fit closely or tightly)

attach (be attached; be in contact with)

chafe; fray; fret; rub; scratch (cause friction)

adhere; cleave; cling; cohere; stick (come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation)

cover; spread over (form a cover over)

lean against; lean on; rest on (rest on for support)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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