American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To set in opposition in order to show or emphasize differences: an essay that contrasts city and country life; contrasted this computer with inferior models.
- v. To show differences when compared: siblings who contrast sharply in interests and abilities; a color that contrasted clearly with the dark background.
- v. Linguistics To evince a difference that can distinguish meaning: Voiced and voiceless stops contrast in English but not in Cree.
- n. The act of contrasting; a setting off of dissimilar entities or objects.
- n. The state of being contrasted: red berries standing in vivid contrast against the snow.
- n. A difference, especially a strong dissimilarity, between entities or objects compared: the contrast between Northern and Southern speech patterns.
- n. One thing that is strikingly dissimilar to another: My new school was a welcome contrast to the one before.
- n. The use of opposing elements, such as colors, forms, or lines, in proximity to produce an intensified effect in a work of art.
- n. The difference in brightness between the light and dark areas of a picture, such as a photograph or video image.
- n. Linguistics A difference between units, especially one that distinguishes meaning.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To set in opposition, as two or more objects of a like kind, with a view to show their differences; compare by observing differences of character or qualities: used absolutely or followed by with: as, to contrast two pictures or statues; to contrast the style of Dickens with that of Thackeray.
- In the fine arts, to exhibit the differences or dissimilitude of; heighten the effect of, or show to advantage, by opposition of position, attitude, form, or color.
- To stand in contrast or opposition; exhibit diversity on comparison.
- n. Opposition; dispute.
- n. Opposition in respect of certain qualities; antagonistic difference; direct opposition: as, the contrasts and resemblances of the seasons.
- n. Comparison by exhibiting the dissimilitude or the contrariety of qualities in the things compared; the placing of opposites together in order to make the antagonism of their qualities more apparent.
- n. In the fine arts, opposition of varied forms or colors, which by juxtaposition magnify the effect of one another's peculiarities.
- n. In psychological optics, the reciprocal induction of colors and brightnesses in the present field of regard. Contrast is essentially a matter of the present moment; under steady fixation the phenomena of contrast give place to those of adaptation. The chief laws of contrast are as follows: Contrast always takes the direction of greatest qualitative difference—red-green, blue-yellow, black-white, etc.
- n. In psychology, generally, any supposed intensification or throwing into relief by juxtaposition with an opposite.
- n. countable A difference in lightness, brightness and/or hue between two colours that makes them more or less distinguishable.
- n. uncountable The degree of this difference.
- n. countable A difference between two objects, people or concepts.
- n. countable A control on a television, etc, that adjusts the amount of contrast in the images being displayed.
- n. countable, uncountable, rhetoric Antithesis.
- v. transitive To set in opposition in order to show the difference or differences between.
- v. intransitive To form a contrast.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To stand in opposition; to exhibit difference, unlikeness, or opposition of qualities.
- v. To set in opposition, or over against, in order to show the differences between, or the comparative excellences and defects of; to compare by difference or contrariety of qualities.
- v. (Fine Arts) To give greater effect to, as to a figure or other object, by putting it in some relation of opposition to another figure or object.
- n. The act of contrasting, or the state of being contrasted; comparison by contrariety of qualities.
- n. Opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities; unlikeness, esp. as shown by juxtaposition or comparison.
- n. (Fine Arts) The opposition of varied forms, colors, etc., which by such juxtaposition more vividly express each other's peculiarities.
- n. 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)
- v. put in opposition to show or emphasize differences
- n. the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared
- n. the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
- v. to show differences when compared; be different
- n. the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors
- n. a conceptual separation or distinction
- From French contraster, from Italian contrastare ("to resist", "to withstand"), from Vulgar Latin, from Latin contra ("against") + stare ("to stand") (Wiktionary)
- French contraster, from Italian contrastare, from Medieval Latin contrāstāre : Latin contrā-, contra- + Latin stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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