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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun contact:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb contact:


The word contact and its family (contactable, contacted, contacting, contacts) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun contact

What does contact mean as a name of something?

Contact is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: contacts

  1. close interaction
    • examples: they kept in daily contact | they claimed that they had been in contact with extraterrestrial beings
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: interaction = a mutual or reciprocal action
    • more specific terms:
      • brush = contact with something dangerous or undesirable
      • eye contact = contact that occurs when two people look directly at each other
      • placement = contact established between applicants and prospective employees
  2. the act of touching physically
    • example: her fingers came in contact with the light switch
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of contact: physical contact
    • more generic words: touch / touching = the act of putting two things together with no space between them
    • more specific terms:
      • wipe / rub = the act of rubbing or wiping
      • fair ball = a ball struck with the bat so that it stays between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field
      • snick = a glancing contact with the ball off the edge of the cricket bat
      • laying on = the act of contacting something with your hand
  3. the state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity
    • example: litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: connectedness / connection / link = the state of being connected
    • more specific words:
      • osculation = a contact of two curves (or two surfaces) at which they have a common tangent
      • tangency = the state of being tangent
  4. the physical coming together of two or more things
  5. a person who is in a position to give you special assistance
    • example: he used his business contacts to get an introduction to the governor
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of contact: middleman
    • more generic word: representative = a person who represents others
  6. a channel for communication between groups
  7. (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact
    • example: they forget to solder the contacts
    • domain: electronics
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of contact: tangency
    • more generic words: conjunction / junction = something that joins or connects
    • more specific terms:
      • distributor point / breaker point / point = a contact in the distributor
      • electrical contact = contact that allows current to pass from one conductor to another
      • p-n junction = the junction between a p-type semiconductor and an n-type semiconductor
      • short circuit / short = accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
      • sound bow = contact (the part of a bell) against which the clapper strikes
      • terminal / pole = a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves
      • tread = the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground
      • contact arm / wiper arm / wiper = contact consisting of a conducting arm that rotates over a series of fixed contacts and comes to rest on an outlet
  8. a communicative interaction
  9. a thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of contact: contact lens
    • more generic terms: lens / lens system / lense = a transparent optical device used to converge or diverge transmitted light and to form images

Alternative definition of the noun contact


  1. The act of touching physically.
  2. The establishment of communication (with).
  3. A nodule designed to connect a device with something else.
  4. Someone with whom one is in communication.
  5. [informal] A contact lens.
  6. [electricity] a device designed for repetitive connections.

Definition of the verb contact

What does contact mean as a doing word?

Contact is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: contacted | contacting | contacts

  1. be in or establish communication with
    • example: He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of contact: get hold of / get through / reach
    • more generic words: communicate / intercommunicate = transmit thoughts or feelings
    • more specific words:
      • ping = send a message from one computer to another to check whether it is reachable and active
      • ping = contact, usually in order to remind of something
      • raise = establish radio communications with
  2. be in direct physical contact with; make contact

Alternative definition of the verb contact


  1. [transitive] To touch; to come into physical contact with.


  1. "Contact" is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name; Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the story outline for the film.
  2. "Contact" or Kontakt is an award-winning 1978 Soviet animated short film.
  3. "Contact" is a 1992 short film directed by Jonathan Darby. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1993.
  4. "Contact" is a film, written and directed by Alan Clarke.
  5. "Contact": "Contact features unique archive footage of an exceptional meeting that took place in 1964, in a desolate area of Australia. Yuwali is one of the Martu, a community of women and children who spent their whole lives living in the desert, until the area had to be evacuated for missile testing. In Contact, 62-year-old Yuwali vividly recalls how frightening it was to see white men for the very first time. She fled the area with a group of 20 Aborigines, afraid of the white "devil men" whom they believed would surely eat them. Yuwali's eyewitness testimony is interspersed with the stories of the Australians who explored the area. It was a strange meeting for them as well, encountering a group with "absolutely no world sense at all." Once the Aborigines had been found, their desert existence was at an end. They were given clothing for the first time in their lives and driven out to a Christian Mission. The Martu community now seems accustomed to its new way of life: watching archive footage of their people clad in nothing but a belt leaves them in stitches.
  6. "Contact" is a 2006 drama short film written by Anjet Daanje and Philip Delmaar and directed by Hanro Smitsman.
  7. "Contact" is a 2002 TV film directed by Susan Stroman.
  8. "Contact" is a 2013 short film directed by Lauro Cress.
    • country: Germany
    • starring: as Philip
    • released in
  9. "Contact" is an award-nominated film, directed by Paul Barresi.


Contact is a fictional character from the 2012 film Move On.

Phrases with Contact

Phrases starting with the word Contact:

  1. contact arm
  2. Contact Ball
  3. Contact High
  4. contact lens
  5. contact mike
  6. Contact-Lens
  7. contact print
  8. contact sport
  9. contact action
  10. Contact Details
  11. Contact juggling
  12. Contact Language

Phrases ending with the word Contact:

  1. eye contact
  2. fly contact
  3. Non-Contact
  4. First contact
  5. Rolling Contact
  6. Thermal contact
  7. physical contact
  8. Point of contact

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Contact

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Google previewBody Psychotherapy (2003)

An Introduction by Totton, Nick

For body psychotherapists, contact is an essential prerequisite of the work and also a quality...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

The balancing contact is the contact made by an upper and lower denture on the side opposite to the working side and which helps to...

Google previewAmerican Conflicts Law: Cases and Materials (2010)

by Robert L. Felix, Ralph U. Whitten

Under section 145, the first contact is the place where the injury occurred- Pennsylvania. Although Camp Jaycee characterizes the place of injury as Pennsylvania's only contact with the case, nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, the ...

Google previewAn American Dilemma, Volume 2 (1944)

The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy by Gunnar Myrdal

The casual contact is inevitable if Negroes live in the same communities as do whites ; the economic contact is the main reason...

in an isolated region and is, therefore, “inevitable”, the criminal contact is the result of a prejudiced but news- interested society.

Google previewRelational Patterns, Therapeutic Presence (2015)

Concepts and Practice of Integrative Psychotherapy by Richard G. Erskine

Contact is the means by which the need for relationship is met. In colloquial language, “contact” refers to the quality of the transactions between two people: the awareness of both one's self and the other, a sensitive meeting of the other, and ...

Google previewLanguage Development (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Eye contact is a meeting of the eyes between two individuals. In human beings, eye contact is a form of nonverbal communication and is thought to have a large influence on social behavior. Coined in the early to mid-1960s, the term has come ...

Google previewThe Correspondence of W. E. B. Du Bois: Selections, 1877-1934 (1973)

by William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

Segregation of any set of human beings, be they black, white or of any color or race is a bad thing, since human contact is the thing that makes for civilization, and human contact is a thing for which all of us are striving to-day. Of course, some ...

Google previewHandbook of Lubrication and Tribology (2006)

Volume I Application and Maintenance, Second Edition by George E. Totten

The wheel/rail contact is a crucial component in the successful operation of railways. A large variety of loading...

Effective management of the wheel/rail contact is an important aspect of rail infrastructure operations. Rail maintenance was ...

Google previewIntraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring for Deep Brain Stimulation (2014)

Principles, Practice and Cases by Erwin B Montgomery, Jr

contact is the cathode (negative) contact and the dorsalmost (highest) contact is the anode as initial configuration Most ...

Google previewLeadership, New and Revised (2002)

The Inner Side of Greatness, A Philosophy for Leaders by Peter Koestenbaum

Realism as direct contact is a fundamental metaphysical category. It means to be in touch with what is real, to be connected,

Full contact means presence, being fully present in the REALITY 99.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Microcomputers (1992)

Volume 10 - Knowledge Representation and Reasoning to The Management of Replicated Data by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

A good head-to-disk contact is an important prerequisite for correct write and read operations.

Google previewGestalt Counselling in Action (2013)

by Petruska Clarkson, Simon Cavicchia

Good contact is a core idea in Gestalt. Perceptually, it is equivalent to focusing clearly and vividly on...

Contact is the source of our richest joy and our most intensely painful moments. 'Contact is implicitly incompatible with remaining the same.

Google previewDictionary of Contact Allergens (2007)

by Jean-Pierre Lepoittevin, Christophe J. Coz

Occupational allergic contact dermatitis caused by exposure to acrylates during work with dental prostheses. Contact Dermatitis 28:268–275 Kanerva L, Lauerma A, Estlander T, Alanko K, ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Church and Religious Organization Marketing (2013)

by Robert E Stevens, David L Loudon, Henry Cole, Bruce Wrenn

and nonpersonal contact is determined by the type of information to be delivered. Personal contact permits a chance for an exchange of information—a give-and- take situation. The personal contact allows constituents to ask questions ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking Tools & Techniques (2009)

by Susan Pickering Rothamel

985-5261 Henzo Photoalbums BV contact your local retailer 300 Effort was made to find the name of manufacturers Dress It Up Magenta Hermafix.

Google previewMartha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts (2009)

An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration by Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Living Magazine

micro hole punch, floral pips needle, thread contact cement bobby pins or hair combs, green paper (optional) leaf punch ...

Google previewA Consumer's Dictionary of Household, Yard and Office Chemicals (2007)

Complete Information About Harmful and Desirable Chemicals Found in Everyday Home Products, Yard Poisons, and Office Polluters by Ruth Winter

Naphthalene can enter your body through inhalation, skin absorption, ingestion, and eye and skin contact. It may produce damage to the eyes, liver, kidneys, skin, red blood cells, and the central nervous system. Has reportedly caused anemia ...

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Quotes about Contact

The second principle of magic: things which have once been in contact with each other continue to act on each other at a distance after the physical contact has been severed. (James G. Frazer)
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1T1A1C3T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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