Contrast meaning

kən-trăst', kŏn'trăst'
A difference, esp. a striking difference, between things being compared.
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(countable) A difference between two objects, people or concepts.

Israel is a country of many contrasts.

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Contrast means to compare in order to show differences.

An example of contrast is to explain the differences between the causes of World War I and World War II.

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The definition of contrast is the difference between two objects, people or places.

An example of contrast is thunder storms on one end of an island and clear, blue skies on the other end.

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To show differences when compared.

Siblings who contrast sharply in interests and abilities; a color that contrasted clearly with the dark background.

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A contrasting or being contrasted.
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To set in opposition in order to show or emphasize differences.

An essay that contrasts city and country life; contrasted this computer with inferior models.

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One thing that is strikingly dissimilar to another.

My new school was a welcome contrast to the one before.

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The use of opposing elements, such as colors, forms, or lines, in proximity to produce an intensified effect in a work of art.
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The difference in brightness between the light and dark areas of a picture, such as a photograph or video image.
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A difference between units, especially one that distinguishes meaning.
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To compare so as to point out the differences; set off against one another.
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To show differences when compared; form a contrast.
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A person or thing showing differences when compared with another.
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The effect of a striking difference, as in color or tone, of adjacent parts of a painting, photograph, video-screen image, etc.
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The white level of a display screen. The contrast adjusts how bright the white is. See brightness and contrast ratio.
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(countable) A difference in lightness, brightness and/or hue between two colours that makes them more or less distinguishable.
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(uncountable) The degree of this difference.

The red and the orange don't have much contrast between them — I can hardly tell them apart.

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(countable) A control on a television, etc, that adjusts the amount of contrast in the images being displayed.
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(countable, uncountable, rhetoric) Antithesis.
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To set in opposition in order to show the difference or differences between.
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(intransitive) To form a contrast.

Foreground and background strongly contrast.

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A difference, especially a strong dissimilarity, between entities or objects compared.

The contrast between Northern and Southern speech patterns.

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To evince a difference that can distinguish meaning.

Voiced and voiceless stops contrast in English but not in Cree.

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Origin of contrast

  • French contraster from Italian contrastare from Medieval Latin contrāstāre Latin contrā- contra- Latin stāre to stand stā- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French contraster, from Italian contrastare (“to resist", "to withstand”), from Vulgar Latin, from Latin contra (“against”) + stare (“to stand”)
    From Wiktionary