Contact Con"tact (k[o^]n"t[a^]kt), 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. [1913 Webster]

2. (Geom.) The property of two curves, or surfaces, which meet, and at the point of meeting have a common direction. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mining) The plane between two adjacent bodies of dissimilar rock. --Raymond. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • contact — [ kɔ̃takt ] n. m. • 1586; didact. av. XIXe; lat. contactus, rac. tangere « toucher » → tact 1 ♦ Position, état relatif de corps qui se touchent. Contact fugitif, prolongé. Certaines maladies se communiquent par contact direct. ⇒ contagieux.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • contact — con‧tact [ˈkɒntækt ǁ ˈkɑːn ] noun [countable] a person you know who may be able to help or advise you, especially because of the work they do: • He has a lot of contacts in the media. • There are some excellent opportunities around, if you ask… …   Financial and business terms

  • contact — CONTÁCT, contacte, s.n. 1. Atingere directă, nemijlocită între două corpuri, două forţe, două energii etc. ♢ expr. În contact cu... = în nemijlocită apropiere de..., în legătură strânsă cu... ♦ (concr.) Piesă care serveşte la stabilirea unui… …   Dicționar Român

  • Contact — (englisch für Kontakt) steht für: Contact!, Album der italienischen Band Eiffel 65 Contact (Band), österreichisches Popduo Contact (Computerspiel), Videospiel für Nintendo DS Contact (Legespiel), Kinderspiel von Ken Garland Contact (Roman), Roman …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • contact — n Contact, touch mean the state or fact of coming into direct connection or close association with someone or something. Contact implies the mutual relation between two bodies that impinge upon each other {the tangent at its point of contact with …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • contact — [kän′takt΄; ] for v. [, ] occas. [ kən takt′] n. [L contactus, pp. of contingere, to touch, seize < com , together + tangere, to touch: see TACT] 1. the act or state of touching or meeting [two surfaces in contact] 2. the state or fact of… …   English World dictionary

  • contact — (n.) 1620s, action of touching, from L. contactus a touching, from pp. of contingere to touch, seize, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + tangere to touch (see TANGENT (Cf. tangent)). Figurative sense of connection, communication …   Etymology dictionary

  • contact — CONTACT. s. m. (Les deux consonnes finales se prononcent.) Attouchement de deux corps. Il n est en usage que dans le didactique. Le contact de deux corps. Le point de contact …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • contact — [n1] form of communication acquaintance, association, channel, commerce, communion, companionship, connection, influence, intercourse, junction, meeting, network, touch, union, unity; concepts 278,388,687 contact [n2] touching approximation,… …   New thesaurus

  • contact — Contact. s. m. Attouchement de deux corps. Le contact immediat de deux corps. Il n est en usage que dans le dogmatique …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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