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English noun: contact

1. contact (act) close interaction


SamplesThey kept in daily contact.
They claimed that they had been in contact with extraterrestrial beings.


Broader (hypernym)interaction


Narrower (hyponym)brush, eye contact, placement

2. contact (act) the act of touching physically


SamplesHer fingers came in contact with the light switch.


Synonymsphysical contact


Broader (hypernym)touch, touching


Narrower (hyponym)fair ball, laying on, rub, snick, wipe

3. contact (state) the state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity


SamplesLitmus paper turns red on contact with an acid.


Broader (hypernym)connectedness, connection, link


Narrower (hyponym)osculation, tangency

4. contact (event) the physical coming together of two or more things


SamplesContact with the pier scraped paint from the hull.


Synonymsimpinging, striking


Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent


Narrower (hyponym)collision, engagement, flick, hit, impact, interlocking, mesh, meshing, touch, touching

5. contact (person) a person who is in a position to give you special assistance


SamplesHe used his business contacts to get an introduction to the governor.


Synonymsmiddleman


Broader (hypernym)representative

6. contact (communication) a channel for communication between groups


SamplesHe provided a liaison with the guerrillas.


Synonymsinter-group communication, liaison, link


Broader (hypernym)channel, communication channel, line

7. contact (artifact) (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact


SamplesThey forget to solder the contacts.


Synonymstangency


Broader (hypernym)conjunction, junction


Narrower (hyponym)breaker point, contact arm, distributor point, electrical contact, p-n junction, point, pole, short, short circuit, sound bow, terminal, tread, wiper, wiper arm


Domain categoryelectronics

8. contact (communication) a communicative interaction


SamplesThe pilot made contact with the base.
He got in touch with his colleagues.


Synonymstouch


Broader (hypernym)communicating, communication

9. contact (artifact) a thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication


Synonymscontact lens


Broader (hypernym)lens, lens system, lense


English verb: contact

1. contact (communication) be in or establish communication with


SamplesOur advertisements reach millions.
He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia.


Synonymsget hold of, get through, reach


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate


Narrower (hyponym)ping, ping, raise

2. contact (contact) be in direct physical contact with; make contact


SamplesThe two buildings touch.
Their hands touched.
The wire must not contact the metal cover.
The surfaces contact at this point.


Synonymsadjoin, meet, touch


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)abut, adhere, adjoin, attach, border, border, butt, butt against, butt on, chafe, cleave, cling, cohere, cover, edge, environ, fray, fret, hug, lean against, lean on, march, rest on, ring, rub, scratch, skirt, spread over, stick, surround


Verb groupconverge, meet









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