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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.


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.


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.


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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