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.
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:
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.
[kuh n-tam-uh-ney-shuh n] /kənˌtæm əˈneɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the act of contaminating, or of making something impure or unsuitable by contact with something unclean, bad, etc. 2. the act of contaminating, or of rendering something harmful or unusable by the addition of radioactive material: the contamination of food following a nuclear attack. 3. the state […]
noun 1. the outline of a figure or body; the edge or line that defines or bounds a shape or object. 2. contour line. 3. Phonetics. a distinctive pattern of changes in pitch, stress, or tone extending across all or part of an utterance, especially across a sentence, and contributing to meaning. verb (used with […]
noun 1. an agreement between two or more parties for the doing or not doing of something specified. 2. an agreement enforceable by law. 3. the written form of such an agreement. 4. the division of law dealing with contracts. 5. Also called contract bridge. a variety of bridge in which the side that wins […]
noun an encounter, esp. hostile; also called recounter