[ kon-takt ]
/ ˈkɒn tækt /
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.
verb (used with object)
to put or bring into contact.
to communicate with: We'll contact you by mail or telephone.
verb (used without object)
to enter into or be in contact.
involving or produced by touching or proximity: contact allergy.
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Origin of contact
usage note for contact
Many verbs in English have derived from nouns. One can head an organization or toe the mark; butter the bread or bread the cutlet. Hence, grammatically at least, there is no historical justification for the once frequently heard criticism of contact used as a verb meaning “to communicate with”: The managing editor contacted each reporter personally. Despite the earlier objections to it and probably largely because there is no other one-word verb in the language to express the same idea, this use of contact has become standard in all types of speech and writing. Contact as a noun meaning “a person through whom one can gain access to information and the like” is also standard: My contact at the embassy says that the coup has been successful.
OTHER WORDS FROM contact
con·tac·tu·al [kon-tak-choo-uh l] /kɒnˈtæk tʃu əl/, adjectivecon·tac·tu·al·ly, adverbnon·con·tact, noun, adjectivere·con·tact, noun, verb
Words nearby contact
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Example sentences from the Web for contactual
It was simply a matter of translating the contactual evidence into an equivalent idea-system.Breaking Point|James E. Gunn
British Dictionary definitions for contactual
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
verb (ˈkɒntækt, kənˈtækt)
(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
Derived forms of contactcontactual (kɒnˈtæktjʊəl), adjectivecontactually, adverb
Word Origin for contact
C17: from Latin contactus, from contingere to touch on all sides, pollute, from tangere to touch
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Medical definitions for contactual
[ kŏn′tăkt′ ]
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.
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Scientific definitions for contactual
[ kŏn′tăkt′ ]
- 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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