I. noun Etymology: French or Latin; French, from Latin contactus, from contingere to have contact with — more at contingent Date: 1626 1. a. union or junction of surfaces b. the apparent touching or mutual tangency of the limbs of two celestial bodies or of the disk of one body with the shadow of another during an eclipse, transit, or occultation c. (1) the junction of two electrical conductors through which a current passes (2) a special part made for such a junction 2. a. association, relationship b. connection, communication c. an establishing of communication with someone or an observing or receiving of a significant signal from a person or object <
radar contact with Mars
3. a person serving as a go-between, messenger, connection, or source of special information <
business contacts
4. contact lens II. verb Date: 1834 intransitive verb to make contact transitive verb 1. to bring into contact 2. a. to enter or be in contact with ; join b. to get in communication with <
contact your local dealer
Usage: The use of contact as a verb, especially in sense 2b, is accepted as standard by almost all commentators except those who write college handbooks. III. adjective Date: 1859 maintaining, involving, or activated or caused by contact <
contact poisons
contact sports
contact dermatitis

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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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 — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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