Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A coming together or touching, as of objects or surfaces.
  • n. The state or condition of touching or of immediate proximity: Litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid.
  • n. Connection or interaction; communication: still in contact with my former employer.
  • n. Visual observation: The pilot made contact with the ship.
  • n. Association; relationship: came into contact with new ideas at college.
  • n. A person who might be of use; a connection: The reporter met with her contact at the mayor's office.
  • n. A connection between two conductors that permits a flow of current or heat.
  • n. A part or device that makes or breaks such a connection.
  • n. Medicine A person recently exposed to a contagious disease, usually through close association with an infected individual.
  • n. A contact lens.
  • transitive v. To bring or put in contact.
  • transitive v. To get in touch with; communicate with: "This past January I was contacted by a lawyer who said he needed my help” ( Elizabeth Loftus).
  • intransitive v. To be in or come into contact.
  • adj. Of, sustaining, or making contact.
  • adj. Caused or transmitted by touching: a contact skin rash.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of touching physically.
  • n. The establishment of communication (with).
  • n. A nodule designed to connect a device with something else.
  • n. Someone with whom one is in communication.
  • n. A contact lens.
  • n. a device designed for repetitive connections.
  • n. Contact juggling.
  • v. To touch; to come into physical contact with.
  • v. To establish communication with something or someone

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A close union or junction of bodies; a touching or meeting.
  • n. The property of two curves, or surfaces, which meet, and at the point of meeting have a common direction.
  • n. The plane between two adjacent bodies of dissimilar rock.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A person who serves to commmunicate information to or from one group to another, whether formally or informally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be together or in contact; touch; abut.
  • n. A touching; touch; the coincidence of one or more points on the surface of each of two bodies without interpenetration of the bodies; apposition of separate bodies or points without sensible intervening space.
  • n. Specifically, in mathematics, coincidence, as of two curves, in two or more consecutive points; the having a point and the tangent plane at that point in common.
  • n. The act of making one body abut against another; the bringing together so as to touch.
  • n. in mathematics, coincidence of n + 1 consecutive points.
  • n. In geology, the surface of juncture, specifically of an igneous intrusion and its containing-walls, along which mineralogical and structural changes, and especially ore-deposits, are often developed; also applied to the surface of juncture of any two contrasted rocks.
  • n. In anthropology, the meeting of tribes or peoples of different culture, particularly that of a primitive tribe with the trade and influence of a superior people.
  • n. In psychology: A light pressure upon the skin; a low degree of intensity of the adequate stimulus of the pressure-spots.
  • n. A weak sensation of pressure. Some psychologists regard the sensation of contact as qualitatively different from the sensation of pressure. In all probability, however, the two are simply degrees of one and the same sensible quality.
  • n. sensitized paper used for contact-printing.
  • n. The sensations aroused by pressure of one part of the skin upon another.
  • n. The twofold sensation (pressure followed by pain) which arises when the skin, for example, of the wrist is tapped with the point of a needle whose shaft is held loosely between the finger and thumb of the other hand.
  • n. A method of making an electric are pass between terminals by interrupting an electric circuit, the contact points passing over each other with a sliding or wiping contact. The are terminals are kept free of oxid or deposit, because the surfaces are cleansed by the sliding action.
  • n. One who has boon exposed to an infectious disease by contact or near association with a person suffering from it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity
  • n. (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact
  • n. a communicative interaction
  • n. close interaction
  • v. be in or establish communication with
  • n. the physical coming together of two or more things
  • n. a channel for communication between groups
  • n. the act of touching physically
  • v. be in direct physical contact with; make contact
  • n. a person who is in a position to give you special assistance
  • n. a thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication

Etymologies

Latin contāctus, from past participle of contingere, to touch, from past participle of contingere, to touch : com-, com- + tangere, to touch; see tag- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin contactus, from contingere (to touch on all sides), from tangere (to touch). Used in English since the 17th Century. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They may be classified as those having a single contact and those having a plurality of contacts; in all cases, the _intimacy of contact_ is varied by the diaphragm excursions.

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  • I know this article was about contact% but looking at all the stats I just posted, it seems to me like missing bats, and getting weak contact when you do have a pitch hit is actually a skill the pitcher controls.

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  • In recognition of that expansion, the term call center has been replaced by, or at least is being used interchangeably with, the term contact center within the industry.

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  • One of the most truthful sections of the community with which I have ever come in contact is that splendid section who guard sheep.

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  • "Every case of poverty, except that with which you come personally in contact is due to stubbornness on the part of the poor, and you will fight to the last ditch against any measures that are proposed to eliminate the causes of misery, and yet you get all worked up about the fruits of the system you are upholding whenever it invades your backyard."

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  • The aim of that training and education has been, as I have shown, not to develop their individuality and capacities, but to make themselves and their actions pleasing to the men with whom they may happen to come in contact; and, that being so, approval from the men with whom they may happen to come in contact is naturally a thing of the utmost importance to them.

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  • Contact urticaria: The term contact urticaria (CU) describes a wheal-and-flare response elicited within 30-60 min after exposure to certain agents, that disappears within 24 hours.

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