contact[kän′takt′; for v., occas. kən takt′]
- The definition of contact is the act or state of touching or being in touch.
An example of contact is the relationship between pen pals.
- Contact is defined as to touch or to get in touch with someone.
An example of contact is to send an email to a friend.
- the act or state of touching or meeting: two surfaces in contact
- the state or fact of being in touch, communication, or association (with): to come into contact with new ideas
- an acquaintance, esp. one who is influential
- a connection with such a person: his contacts at city hall
- a connection or point of connection between two conductors in a circuit
- a device for opening and closing such a connection
- Med. a person who may have caught a disease from an infected person
- contact lens: usually used in pl.
Origin of contactClassical Latin contactus, past participle of contingere, to touch, seize ; from com-, together + tangere, to touch: see tact
- to place in contact
- to come into contact with
- ☆ to get in touch or communication with
- a. A coming together or touching, as of objects or surfaces.b. The state or condition of touching or of immediate proximity: Litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid.
- a. Connection or interaction; communication: still in contact with my former employer.b. Visual observation: The pilot made contact with the ship.c. Association; relationship: came into contact with new ideas at college.
- A person who might be of use; a connection: The reporter met with her contact at the mayor's office.
- a. A connection between two conductors that permits a flow of current or heat.b. A part or device that makes or breaks such a connection.
- Medicine A person recently exposed to a contagious disease, usually through close association with an infected individual.
- A contact lens.
verbcon·tact·ed, con·tact·ing, con·tacts
- To get in touch with; communicate with: “This past January I was contacted by a lawyer who said he needed my help” (Elizabeth Loftus).
- a. To come into contact with: “The [golf] club head did not produce a comforting click as it contacted the ball” (John Garrity).b. To make contact with; touch or strike: Players may contact the ball only once on a volley.
- Of, sustaining, or making contact.
- Caused or transmitted by touching: a contact skin rash.
Origin of contactLatin contāctus, from past participle of contingere, to touch : com-, com- + tangere, to touch; see tag- in Indo-European roots.
- The act of touching physically; being in close association.
- The establishment of communication (with).
- I haven't been in contact with her for years.
- A nodule designed to connect a device with something else.
- Touch the contact to ground and read the number again.
- Someone with whom one is in communication.
- The salesperson had a whole binder full of contacts for potential clients.
- (informal) A contact lens.
- (electricity) A device designed for repetitive connections.
- (informal, by ellipsis) Contact juggling.
- I bought myself a new contact ball last week
- (mining) The plane between two adjacent bodies of dissimilar rock.
(third-person singular simple present contacts, present participle contacting, simple past and past participle contacted)
- To touch; to come into physical contact with.
- The side of the car contacted the pedestrian.
- To establish communication with something or someone
- I am trying to contact my sister.
From Latin contactus, from contingere (to touch on all sides), from tangere (to touch). Used in English since the 17th Century.