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Definition 1: the act of distinguishing by comparing differences - [noun denoting act]

(contrast is a kind of ...) the act of examining resemblances

"they made a comparison of noise levels" "the fractions selected for comparison must require pupils to consider both numerator and denominator"

Definition 2: the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness) - [noun denoting attribute]

(contrast is a kind of ...) an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:

"the range of a supersonic jet" "a piano has a greater range than the human voice" "the ambit of municipal legislation" "within the compass of this article" "within the scope of an investigation" "outside the reach of the law" "in the political orbit of a world power"

(contrast belongs to category ...) the act of taking and printing photographs

Definition 3: the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors - [noun denoting cognition]

(contrast is a kind of ...) perception by means of the eyes

Definition 4: a conceptual separation or distinction - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity

Synonyms for contrast in the sense of this definition

(contrast is a kind of ...) a discrimination between things as different and distinct on the basis of their characteristics or attributes

"it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"

(... is a kind of contrast ) a line that when crossed permits of no return and typically results in irrevocable commitment

Definition 5: the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared - [noun denoting linkdef]

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

  • in contrast to
  • by contrast

Synonyms for contrast in the sense of this definition

(contrast is a kind of ...) the relation between opposed entities

Definition 6: put in opposition to show or emphasize differences - [verb of cognition]

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

  • The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student

(contrast is a kind of ...) mark as different

"We distinguish several kinds of maple"

Definition 7: to show differences when compared; be different - [verb of stative]

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

  • the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities

Synonyms for contrast in the sense of this definition

(contrast is a kind of ...) be different

"These two tests differ in only one respect"

(... is a kind of contrast ) contrast with equal weight or force

(... is a kind of contrast ) be in conflict

"The two proposals conflict!"

(... is a kind of contrast ) enhance by contrast

"In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background"

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