Definition of Contact

1. Noun. Close interaction. "They claimed that they had been in contact with extraterrestrial beings"

Generic synonyms: Interaction
Specialized synonyms: Brush, Eye Contact, Placement

2. Verb. Be in or establish communication with. "He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia"
Exact synonyms: Get Hold Of, Get Through, Reach
Generic synonyms: Communicate, Intercommunicate
Specialized synonyms: Ping, Ping, Raise

3. Noun. The act of touching physically. "Her fingers came in contact with the light switch"
Exact synonyms: Physical Contact
Generic synonyms: Touch, Touching
Specialized synonyms: Rub, Wipe, Fair Ball, Snick, Laying On

4. Verb. Be in direct physical contact with; make contact. "His fields contact mine at this point"; "The surfaces contact at this point"

5. Noun. The state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity. "Litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid"
Generic synonyms: Connectedness, Connection, Link
Specialized synonyms: Osculation, Tangency

6. Noun. The physical coming together of two or more things. "Contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull"
Exact synonyms: Impinging, Striking
Generic synonyms: Happening, Natural Event, Occurrence, Occurrent
Specialized synonyms: Collision, Hit, Engagement, Interlocking, Mesh, Meshing, Flick, Impact, Touch, Touching
Derivative terms: Impinge, Strike

7. Noun. A person who is in a position to give you special assistance. "He used his business contacts to get an introduction to the governor"
Exact synonyms: Middleman
Generic synonyms: Representative

8. Noun. A channel for communication between groups. "He provided a liaison with the guerrillas"

9. Noun. (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact. "They forget to solder the contacts"

10. Noun. A communicative interaction. "He got in touch with his colleagues"
Exact synonyms: Touch
Generic synonyms: Communicating, Communication

11. Noun. A thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication.
Exact synonyms: Contact Lens
Generic synonyms: Lens, Lens System, Lense

Definition of Contact

1. n. A close union or junction of bodies; a touching or meeting.

Definition of Contact

1. Noun. The act of touching physically. ¹

2. Noun. The establishment of communication (with). ¹

3. Noun. A nodule designed to connect a device with something else. ¹

4. Noun. Someone with whom one is in communication. ¹

5. Noun. (informal) A contact lens. ¹

6. Noun. (electricity) a device designed for repetitive connections. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To touch; to come into physical contact with. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To establish communication with something or someone ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Contact

1. to communicate with [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Contact

1. A mutual touching of two bodies or persons. Origin: L. Contactus = a touching together This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Contact

consummatory behaviour
consumption coagulopathy
consumption weed
consumptive wildlife use
contact (current term)
contact-type dermatitis
contact action
contact allergy
contact area
contact arm
contact ball
contact ceptor
contact cheilitis
contact dermatitis
contact details
contact following
contact guidance
contact high

Literary usage of Contact

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1872)
"The following communications were read:— I. " On the contact of Surfaces. ... 289), I have considered the contact, at a point P, of two curves which are co- ..."

2. Bulletin by Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (1900)
"Only in one place,—at the Middle river contact in Sec. ... Black River contact. For a short distance below Black River falls the river flows in a gorge cut ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1912)
"Biotite-schist allel to the main contact. (Not very sharp contact between 7 and 8.) Zone 8.—7 feet wide. Monzonitic phase of the country rock. ..."

4. Transactions by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1838)
"On the Theory of the Equilibrium of Bodies in contact. By the Rev. H. MOSELEY, MA, of St. Johns College, Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy in ..."

5. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1894)
"During the process of alteration there seems to have been little addition of material to the metamorphosed rocks, as all the contact products when ..."

6. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism by James Clerk Maxwell (1881)
"Distribution of Electricity on Two Spheres in contact. 175.] If we suppose the two spheres at potential unity and not influenced by any other point, then, ..."

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