the act or state of touching; a touching or meeting, as of two things or people.
immediate proximity or association.
an acquaintance, colleague, or relative through whom a person can gain access to information, favors, influential people, and the like.
Electricity. a junction of electric conductors, usually metal, that controls current flow, often completing or interrupting a circuit.
Geology. the interface, generally a planar surface, between strata that differ in lithology or age.
Medicine/Medical. a person who has lately been exposed to an infected person.
to put or bring into contact.
to communicate with: We'll contact you by mail or telephone.
to enter into or be in contact.
involving or produced by touching or proximity: contact allergy.
- con·tac·tu·al [kon-tak-choo-uhl], /kɒnˈtæk tʃu əl/, adjective
- con·tac·tu·al·ly, adverb
- non·con·tact, noun, adjective
- re·con·tact, noun, verb
- un·con·tact·ed, adjective
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How to use contact in a sentence
Vox contacted Fischer’s office about why and when the system was deactivated but has not received a response.The policing reforms in the Breonna Taylor settlement, explained | Fabiola Cineas | September 17, 2020 | Vox
Know when your state begins mailing ballots, track your ballot and contact your local election office if you haven’t received yours.ProPublica’s Pandemic Guide to Making Sure Your Vote Counts | by Susie Armitage | September 16, 2020 | ProPublica
The last major Venus orbiter was ESA’s Venus Express, which studied Venus for eight years until engineers lost contact with it, likely because it ran out of fuel.
You’ll typically get options to jump straight into your playlists with a music app, or get quick links to your favorite contacts on a messaging app, to name a couple examples.Get around your phone more quickly than you already are | David Nield | September 16, 2020 | Popular-Science
It’s not clear whether Quinn is still in contact with state elections officials.No Democrats Allowed: A Conservative Lawyer Holds Secret Voter Fraud Meetings With State Election Officials | by Mike Spies, Jake Pearson and Jessica Huseman | September 15, 2020 | ProPublica
Ney said McDonnell needs to “keep a stiff lip” and stay in close contact with family members.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv | Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The spokesman also said that Ambassador King “did not view the movie and did not have any contact directly with Sony.”Exclusive: Sony Emails Say Studio Exec Picked Kim Jong-Un as the Villain of ‘The Interview’ | William Boot | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In fact, he was in contact with Lansky prior to converging from the hillside onto the streets of Havana.Will Hyman Roth Return to Havana With Normalized Relations? | John L. Smith | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She had been my point of contact as I was trying to get up there.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan | | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Keeping in contact with those people, and mechanically getting them to the trial, those are the hard parts,” Risner said.
Before Ulm he nearly ruined Napoleon's combination by failing to get in contact with the enemy.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
It is sometimes indented, with its convex side in contact with the periphery of the cell.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Other forms of contact rapidly oxidized and went out of business.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
In fact, it was to be expected of almost any man who happened to be thrown in contact with Lyn Rowan for any length of time.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
There was no engine stopped on account of this accident; but I shall never let the fire come in contact again with the cast iron.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
British Dictionary definitions for contact
the act or state of touching physically
the state or fact of close association or communication (esp in the phrases in contact, make contact)
a junction of two or more electrical conductors
the part of the conductors that makes the junction
the part of an electrical device to which such connections are made
an acquaintance, esp one who might be useful in business, as a means of introduction, etc
any person who has been exposed to a contagious disease
photog See contact print
(usually plural) an informal name for contact lens
(modifier) of or relating to irritation or inflammation of the skin caused by touching the causative agent: contact dermatitis
(modifier) denoting an insecticide or herbicide that kills on contact, rather than after ingestion or absorption
(modifier) of or maintaining contact
(modifier) requiring or involving (physical) contact: the contact sport of boxing
(when intr, often foll by with) to put, come, or be in association, touch, or communication
aeronautics (formerly) a call made by the pilot to indicate that an aircraft's ignition is switched on and that the engine is ready for starting by swinging the propeller
- contactual (kɒnˈtæktjʊəl), adjective
- contactually, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for contact
A connection between two conductors that allows an electric current to flow.
A part or device that makes or breaks a connection in an electrical circuit.
Geology The place where two different types of rock, or rocks of different ages, come together.
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