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Meaning of contact by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin contactus, from contingere ( to touch on all sides ), from tangere ( to touch ). Used in English since the 17th Century .

Explanation of contact by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. be in or establish communication with

    2. He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia
    3. be in direct physical contact with

    4. The wire must not contact the metal cover
      The surfaces contact at this point
    1. close interaction

    2. they kept in daily contact
      they claimed that they had been in contact with extraterrestrial beings
    3. the act of touching physically

    4. her fingers came in contact with the light switch
    5. a junction where things ( as two electrical conductors ) touch or are in physical contact

    6. they forget to solder the contacts
    7. a thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication

    8. a channel for communication between groups

    9. a communicative interaction

    10. the pilot made contact with the base
    11. the physical coming together of two or more things

    12. contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull
    13. a person who is in a position to give you special assistance

    14. he used his business contacts to get an introduction to the governor
    15. the state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity

    16. litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid

    Definition of contact by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Contact ( kŏntăkt ), n. [L. contactus, fr. contingere, -tactum, to touch on all sides. See Contingent.]
      1. A close union or junction of bodies; a touching or meeting.

      2. ( Geom. ) The property of two curves, or surfaces, which meet, and at the point of meeting have a common direction.

      3. ( Mining ) The plane between two adjacent bodies of dissimilar rock. Raymond.

      4. ( Electricity ) A metallic conducting component of an electrical device connected to a circuit within and so situated that it may form a conducting pathway to an external power source or device when contacted by another conductor; as, “the contact on a standard light bulb has the shape of a screw for easy insertion into the socket”.

      5. A person who serves to commmunicate information to or from one group to another, whether formally or informally; as, “a good Washington reporter has contacts in the White House”.

      Contact level, a delicate level so pivoted as to tilt when two parts of a measuring apparatus come into contact with each other; -- used in precise determinations of lengths and in the accurate graduation of instruments.