- 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.
- Sociology. a condition in which two or more individuals or groups are placed in communication with each other.Compare categoric contact, primary contact, secondary contact, sympathetic contact.
- contact lens.
- 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.
Origin of contact
Examples from the Web for contacting
Surveys were assessed for outliers and inconsistencies and messy data was reconciled by contacting individual schools.The Daily Beast's Top High Schools 2014: Methodology
August 27, 2014
Syrian activists successfully got lawyers in New York to handle their asylum cases after contacting them through the site.New Web Platform Crowdsources Human Rights
July 10, 2014
The student did not respond to my request to tell me who else he was contacting.How Liberty University Creates Creationists
Karl W. Giberson
March 2, 2014
My response to poisonous emails is a terse “thank you for contacting me” and nothing more.Pediatrician: Don’t Make Your Kid’s Healthcare a Proxy in Your Divorce Battles
February 14, 2014
Garden State voters from all walks of life are contacting their elected representatives in overwhelming numbers.Former GOP State Chairman: New Jersey and Gay Marriage Belong Together
October 11, 2013
The contacting faces of the cylinder blocks should also be kept lubricated.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
It's an apoplexy ye'll be contacting if ye give way to heat like this.Captain Blood
Sandra's voice quivered, her face was a study in contacting emotions.Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
He wondered how they'd go about contacting the commissioner.Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey
Mr. First was silent for a moment, and Sethos realized he was contacting someone.The Genius
- 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 agentcontact 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) contactthe 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
Word Origin and History for contacting
Figurative sense of "connection, communication" is from 1818. As a signal to the person about to spin an aircraft propeller that the ignition is switched on, the word was in use by 1913. Contact lens is first recorded 1888; short form contact is from 1961.
1834, "put in contact," from contact (n.). Meaning "get in touch with" is 1927, American English. Related: Contacted; contacting.
- A coming together or touching, as of bodies or surfaces.
- A person recently exposed to a contagious disease, usually through close association with an infected individual.
- To bring, be, or come in contact.
- Of, sustaining, or making contact.
- Caused or transmitted by touching, as a rash.
- 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.