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Definition 1: the act of touching physically - [noun denoting act]

Samples where contact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her fingers came in contact with the light switch

Synonyms for contact in the sense of this definition

(contact is a kind of ...) the act of putting two things together with no space between them

"at his touch the room filled with lights"

(... is a kind of contact ) the act of rubbing or wiping

"he gave the hood a quick rub"

(... is a kind of contact ) (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it stays between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field

(... is a kind of contact ) a glancing contact with the ball off the edge of the cricket bat

(... is a kind of contact ) the act of contacting something with your hand

"peonies can be blighted by the laying on of a finger"

Definition 2: close interaction - [noun denoting act]

Samples where contact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they kept in daily contact
  • they claimed that they had been in contact with extraterrestrial beings

(contact is a kind of ...) a mutual or reciprocal action; interacting

(... is a kind of contact ) contact with something dangerous or undesirable

"I had a brush with danger on my way to work" "he tried to avoid any brushes with the police"

(... is a kind of contact ) contact that occurs when two people look directly at each other

"a teacher should make eye contact with the students"

(... is a kind of contact ) contact established between applicants and prospective employees

"the agency provided placement services"

Definition 3: (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where contact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they forget to solder the contacts

Synonyms for contact in the sense of this definition

(contact is a kind of ...) something that joins or connects

(... is a kind of contact ) a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs

(... is a kind of contact ) contact consisting of a conducting arm that rotates over a series of fixed contacts and comes to rest on an outlet

(... is a kind of contact ) the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground

(... is a kind of contact ) a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves

(... is a kind of contact ) contact (the part of a bell) against which the clapper strikes

(... is a kind of contact ) accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference

(... is a kind of contact ) the junction between a p-type semiconductor and an n-type semiconductor

"a p-n junction has marked rectifying characteristics"

(... is a kind of contact ) contact that allows current to pass from one conductor to another

(contact belongs to category ...) the branch of physics that deals with the emission and effects of electrons and with the use of electronic devices

Definition 4: a thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for contact in the sense of this definition

(contact is a kind of ...) a transparent optical device used to converge or diverge transmitted light and to form images

Definition 5: a channel for communication between groups - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where contact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he provided a liaison with the guerrillas

Synonyms for contact in the sense of this definition

(contact is a kind of ...) (often plural) a means of communication or access

"it must go through official channels" "lines of communication were set up between the two firms"

Definition 6: a communicative interaction - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where contact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the pilot made contact with the base
  • he got in touch with his colleagues

Synonyms for contact in the sense of this definition

(contact is a kind of ...) the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information

"they could not act without official communication from Moscow"

Definition 7: the physical coming together of two or more things - [noun denoting event]

Samples where contact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull

Synonyms for contact in the sense of this definition

(contact is a kind of ...) an event that happens

(... is a kind of contact ) (physics) a brief event in which two or more bodies come together

"the collision of the particles resulted in an exchange of energy and a change of direction"

(... is a kind of contact ) contact by fitting together

"the engagement of the clutch" "the meshing of gears"

(... is a kind of contact ) a light sharp contact (usually with something flexible)

"he gave it a flick with his finger" "he felt the flick of a whip"

(... is a kind of contact ) the striking of one body against another

(... is a kind of contact ) the event of something coming in contact with the body

"he longed for the touch of her hand" "the cooling touch of the night air"

Definition 8: a person who is in a position to give you special assistance - [noun denoting person]

Samples where contact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he used his business contacts to get an introduction to the governor

Synonyms for contact in the sense of this definition

(contact is a kind of ...) a person who represents others

Definition 9: the state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity - [noun denoting state]

Samples where contact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid

(contact is a kind of ...) the state of being connected

"the connection between church and state is inescapable"

(... is a kind of contact ) (mathematics) a contact of two curves (or two surfaces) at which they have a common tangent

(... is a kind of contact ) the state of being tangent; having contact at a single point or along a line without crossing

Definition 10: be in or establish communication with - [verb of communication]

Samples where contact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Our advertisements reach millions
  • He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia

Synonyms for contact in the sense of this definition

(contact is a kind of ...) transmit thoughts or feelings

"He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"

(... is a kind of contact ) send a message from one computer to another to check whether it is reachable and active

"ping your machine in the office"

(... is a kind of contact ) contact, usually in order to remind of something

"I'll ping my accountant--April 15 is nearing"

(... is a kind of contact ) establish radio communications with

"They managed to raise Hanoi last night"

Definition 11: be in direct physical contact with; make contact - [verb of contact]

Samples where contact or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The two buildings touch
  • Their hands touched
  • The wire must not contact the metal cover
  • The surfaces contact at this point

Synonyms for contact in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of contact ) form a cover over

"The grass covered the grave"

(... is a kind of contact ) come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation

"The dress clings to her body" "The label stuck to the box" "The sushi rice grains cohere"

(... is a kind of contact ) cause friction

"my sweater scratches"

(... is a kind of contact ) be attached; be in contact with

(... is a kind of contact ) fit closely or tightly

"The dress hugged her hips"

(... is a kind of contact ) lie adjacent to another or share a boundary

"Canada adjoins the U.S." "England marches with Scotland"

(... is a kind of contact ) extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

"The forest surrounds my property"

(... is a kind of contact ) rest on for support

"you can lean on me if you get tired"

(contact has a similar meaning as ...) be adjacent or come together

"The lines converge at this point"

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