2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Contact \Con"tact\ (k[o^]n"t[a^]kt), noun [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. [PJC]

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. [PJC]

{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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: close interaction; "they kept in daily contact"; "they claimed that they had been in contact with extraterrestrial beings"

2: the act of touching physically; "her fingers came in contact with the light switch" [syn: {contact}, {physical contact}]

3: the state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity; "litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid"

4: the physical coming together of two or more things; "contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull" [syn: {contact}, {impinging}, {striking}]

5: a person who is in a position to give you special assistance; "he used his business contacts to get an introduction to the governor" [syn: {contact}, {middleman}]

6: a channel for communication between groups; "he provided a liaison with the guerrillas" [syn: {liaison}, {link}, {contact}, {inter-group communication}]

7: (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact; "they forget to solder the contacts" [syn: {contact}, {tangency}]

8: a communicative interaction; "the pilot made contact with the base"; "he got in touch with his colleagues" [syn: {contact}, {touch}]

9: a thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication [syn: {contact}, {contact lens}]


1: be in or establish communication with; "Our advertisements reach millions"; "He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia" [syn: {reach}, {get through}, {get hold of}, {contact}]

2: be in direct physical contact with; make contact; "The two buildings touch"; "Their hands touched"; "The wire must not contact the metal cover"; "The surfaces contact at this point" [syn: {touch}, {adjoin}, {meet}, {contact}]

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