[ verb kuhn-trast, kon-trast; noun kon-trast ]
/ verb kənˈtræst, ˈkɒn træst; noun ˈkɒn træst /
verb (used with object)
to compare in order to show unlikeness or differences; note the opposite natures, purposes, etc., of: Contrast the political rights of Romans and Greeks.
verb (used without object)
to exhibit unlikeness on comparison with something else; form a contrast.
Linguistics. to differ in a way that can serve to distinguish meanings: The sounds (p) and (b) contrast in the words “pin” and “bin.”
the act of contrasting; the state of being contrasted.
a striking exhibition of unlikeness.
a person or thing that is strikingly unlike in comparison: The weather down here is a welcome contrast to what we're having back home.
opposition or juxtaposition of different forms, lines, or colors in a work of art to intensify each element's properties and produce a more dynamic expressiveness.
Photography. the relative difference between light and dark areas of a print or negative.
Television. the brightness ratio of the lightest to the darkest part of the television screen image.
Linguistics. a difference between linguistic elements, especially sounds, that can serve to distinguish meanings.
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Origin of contrast
OTHER WORDS FROM contrast
con·trast·a·ble, adjectivecon·trast·a·bly, adverbcon·trast·ing·ly, adverbqua·si-con·trast·ed, adjective
un·con·trast·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·trast·a·bly, adverbun·con·trast·ed, adjectiveun·con·trast·ing, adjectivewell-con·trast·ed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH contrastcompare, contrast .
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Example sentences from the Web for contrast
This effect was heightened by generously broad hands and feet and a contrastingly abbreviated chin.
Contrastingly Constantines magnificently theatrical site gives entirely another view-point for the stranger within its gates.In the Land of Mosques & Minarets|Francis Miltoun
British Dictionary definitions for contrast
(often foll by with) to distinguish or be distinguished by comparison of unlike or opposite qualities
distinction or emphasis of difference by comparison of opposite or dissimilar things, qualities, etc (esp in the phrases by contrast, in contrast to or with)
a person or thing showing notable differences when compared with another
(in painting) the effect of the juxtaposition of different colours, tones, etc
- (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
psychol the phenomenon that when two different but related stimuli are presented close together in space and/or time they are perceived as being more different than they really are
Derived forms of contrast
contrastable, adjectivecontrastably, adverbcontrasting, adjectivecontrastive, adjective
Word Origin for contrast
C16: (n): via French from Italian, from contrastare (vb), from Latin contra- against + stare to stand
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