verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- contrary motion,
- contrast bath,
- contrast enema,
- contrast medium,
- contrast stain,
Origin of contrast
Examples from the Web for contrast
In contrast, Boehner's leadership team filed into his ceremonial office and greeted the teary newly-elected Speaker with hugs.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup|Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
By contrast, John McCain, the eventual GOP nominee, had raised approximately $12.7 million in the first quarter of 2007 alone.
In contrast to Paul, Huckabee has never palled around with Al Sharpton.
By contrast, a gun will allow a pilot to attack hostile forces that are less than 300 feet from friendly ground forces.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By contrast, Solomon can tell us a great deal about what really changed the country—because at key moments, he was there.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality|E.J. Graff|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The English minsters are long, narrow and low in contrast with the greater squareness and height of French contemporary churches.
Now, the fun had grown more boisterous, or so it appeared to me in contrast with the quiet we had left.Women's Wild Oats|C. Gasquoine Hartley
In early manhood he presented a contrast to his companions because he felt no attraction to the female sex.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)|Heinrich Graetz
I want you to notice the contrast, and that is why I have mentioned these instances of what I may call his animal bravery.Amos Huntingdon|T.P. Wilson
Many women students have this idea; they do not realize that power comes from contrast.Piano Mastery|Harriette Brower
- (of a photographic emulsion) the degree of density measured against exposure used
- the extent to which adjacent areas of an optical image, esp on a television screen or in a photographic negative or print, differ in brightness
Word Origin for contrast
1690s, from French contraster (Old French contrester), modified by or from Italian contrastare "stand out against, strive, contend," from Vulgar Latin *contrastare "to withstand," from Latin contra "against" (see contra) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
Middle English had contrest "to fight against, to withstand," which became extinct. Modern word re-introduced as an art term. Related: Contrasted; contrasting; contrastive.
1711, from contrast (v.).