- 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
Related Words for contactsinfluence, unity, connection, touch, meeting, association, relation, reach, visit, telephone, phone, call, connect, approach, talk, commerce, acquaintance, junction, network, intercourse
Examples from the Web for contacts
Contemporary Examples of contacts
There is no doubt Shadman used his contacts to start a very lucrative business providing services to Special Forces units.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
Contacts in the Kurdish intelligence service and Peshmerga leadership confirmed what we saw.Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq?
September 2, 2014
The Taliban contacts who provided the letters say they did reach Bergdahl in captivity.Exclusive: Bergdahl Explains in Prison Letters Why He Vanished
June 12, 2014
His contacts in the Pentagon had assured them that Bowe's safety was an absolute priority.
Bergdahl dialed out, leaned into the desk, and spoke to his contacts in code names and a clipped military shorthand.
Historical Examples of contacts
Whatever is the whole number of things, the contacts will be always one less.
And if to the two a third be added in due order, the number of terms will be three, and the contacts two?
If a "cutout" is on the board, keep its contacts smooth and clean.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
They had to be nurtured and upheld, no matter how the contacts of life hit his own skin.The Prisoner
Stay hidden at least three days before you try to make any contacts.The K-Factor
Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
- 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 for contact
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.