the act or state of touching; a touching or meeting, as of two things or people.
immediate proximity or association.
an acquaintance, colleague, or relative through whom a person can gain access to information, favors, influential people, and the like.
Electricity. a junction of electric conductors, usually metal, that controls current flow, often completing or interrupting a circuit.
Geology. the interface, generally a planar surface, between strata that differ in lithology or age.
Medicine/Medical. a person who has lately been exposed to an infected person.
Sociology. a condition in which two or more individuals or groups are placed in communication with each other.
Compare categoric contact, primary contact, secondary contact, sympathetic contact.
contact lens.
verb (used with object)
to put or bring into contact.
to communicate with:
We’ll contact you by mail or telephone.
verb (used without object)
to enter into or be in contact.
involving or produced by touching or proximity:
contact allergy.
noun (ˈkɒntækt)
the act or state of touching physically
the state or fact of close association or communication (esp in the phrases in contact, make contact)

a junction of two or more electrical conductors
the part of the conductors that makes the junction
the part of an electrical device to which such connections are made

an acquaintance, esp one who might be useful in business, as a means of introduction, etc
any person who has been exposed to a contagious disease
(photog) See contact print
(usually pl) an informal name for contact lens
(modifier) of or relating to irritation or inflammation of the skin caused by touching the causative agent: contact dermatitis
(modifier) denoting an insecticide or herbicide that kills on contact, rather than after ingestion or absorption
(modifier) of or maintaining contact
(modifier) requiring or involving (physical) contact: the contact sport of boxing
verb (ˈkɒntækt; kənˈtækt)
when intr, often foll by with. to put, come, or be in association, touch, or communication
(aeronautics) (formerly) a call made by the pilot to indicate that an aircraft’s ignition is switched on and that the engine is ready for starting by swinging the propeller

contact con·tact (kŏn’tākt’)

A coming together or touching, as of bodies or surfaces.

A person recently exposed to a contagious disease, usually through close association with an infected individual.

v. con·tact·ed, con·tact·ing, con·tact·s (kŏn’tākt’, kən-tākt’)
To bring, be, or come in contact. adj.

Of, sustaining, or making contact.

Caused or transmitted by touching, as a rash.



A connection between two conductors that allows an electric current to flow.

A part or device that makes or breaks a connection in an electrical circuit.

Geology The place where two different types of rock, or rocks of different ages, come together.


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