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CONTRAST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contrast mean? 

CONTRAST (noun)
  The noun CONTRAST has 5 senses:

1. the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared
2. the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
3. a conceptual separation or distinction
4. the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors
5. 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)

  Familiarity information: CONTRAST used as a noun is common.


CONTRAST (verb)
  The verb CONTRAST has 2 senses:

1. put in opposition to show or emphasize differences
2. to show differences when compared; be different

  Familiarity information: CONTRAST used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTRAST (noun)


Sense 1contrast [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

contrast; direct contrast

Context examples:

in contrast to / by contrast

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

oppositeness; opposition (the relation between opposed entities)


Sense 2contrast [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of distinguishing by comparing differences

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

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

comparing; comparison (examining resemblances or differences)


Sense 3contrast [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A conceptual separation or distinction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

dividing line; demarcation; contrast; line

Context example:

there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity

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

differentiation; distinction (a discrimination between things as different and distinct)

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

point of no return; Rubicon (a line that when crossed permits of no return and typically results in irrevocable commitment)


Sense 4contrast [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

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

beholding; seeing; visual perception (perception by means of the eyes)


Sense 5contrast [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

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

ambit; compass; orbit; range; reach; scope (an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:)

Domain category:

photography; picture taking (the act of taking and printing photographs)


CONTRAST (verb)


Sense 1contrast [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put in opposition to show or emphasize differences

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student

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

differentiate; distinguish; secern; secernate; separate; severalise; severalize; tell; tell apart (mark as different)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2contrast [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To show differences when compared; be different

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

counterpoint; contrast

Context example:

the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities

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

differ (be different)

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

counterbalance; oppose (oppose with equal weight or force)

conflict (be in conflict)

foil (enhance by contrast)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


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