[kon-takt] /ˈkɒn tækt/
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 , , , .
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)
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
1620s, “action of touching,” from Latin contactus “a touching,” from past participle of contingere “to touch, seize,” from com- “together” (see com-) + tangere “to touch” (see tangent).
Figurative sense of “connection, communication” is from 1818. As a signal to the person about to spin an aircraft propeller that the ignition is switched on, the word was in use by 1913. Contact lens is first recorded 1888; short form contact is from 1961.
1834, “put in contact,” from contact (n.). Meaning “get in touch with” is 1927, American English. Related: Contacted; contacting.
contact con·tact (kŏn’tākt’)
v. con·tact·ed, con·tact·ing, con·tact·s (kŏn’tākt’, kən-tākt’)
To bring, be, or come in contact. adj.
noun, Photography. 1. a contact print, usually of all frames of a developed roll of negative print film, used as a proof print.
- Contact splint
contact splint n. A slotted plate, held by screws, used in the treatment of fracture of long bones.
noun 1. any sport in which physical contact between players is an accepted part of play, as football, boxing, or hockey.
- Contact-type dermatitis
contact-type dermatitis n. Dermatitis that resembles contact dermatitis but is caused by an ingested or injected allergen and is more widespread.