contact


contact
contact n Contact, touch mean the state or fact of coming into direct connection or close association with someone or something.
Contact implies the mutual relation between two bodies that impinge upon each other
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the tangent at its point of contact with the circle

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the two boats are coming into contact

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break the contact in an electric circuit

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Touch primarily implies the action involved when a tactile organ, especially of a human being, comes in contact with someone or something or the sensation involved when one feels through a tactile organ the presence of another person or object
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one touch of the snake was enough to make her scream

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ruffian! let go that rude uncivil touchShak.

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but O for the touch of a vanished hand— Tennyson

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Although these two words are often interchangeable in general use, contact may be preferable when the intent is to stress a connection or association whether between bodies, between persons, or between persons and things and the sensation or emotional response is not emphasized, or when an impersonal or unexplicit word without clearly defined connotations is wanted
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the New York firm established business contacts in Australia

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an adult with whom a child is in constant contact may easily become . . . dominant in the child's life— Russell

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it was her first contact with the nether side of the smooth social surface— Wharton

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his mind turned away from the hunger for human contactAnderson

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On the other hand touch is usually preferable when the idea of the sensation or of the emotion involved is more important than the abstract or literal idea of coming into contact or when lightness or delicacy is to be implied
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the whole secret ... lay in the development of the sense of touch in the feet, which comes with years of night rambling in little-trodden spots— Hardy

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she felt his nearness intimately, like a touchConrad

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lost touch with all his old friends

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Analogous words: impingement, *impact: connection, association, relation (see corresponding verbs at JOIN): union, *unity: closeness, nearness (see corresponding adjectives at CLOSE)
Contrasted words: separation, division, severance (see corresponding verbs at SEPARATE): *breach, split, rupture, rift

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  • contact — [ kɔ̃takt ] n. m. • 1586; didact. av. XIXe; lat. contactus, rac. tangere « toucher » → tact 1 ♦ Position, état relatif de corps qui se touchent. Contact fugitif, prolongé. Certaines maladies se communiquent par contact direct. ⇒ contagieux.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Contact FM — Contact (radio) Création 1982 Propriétaire Contact Groupe Slogan « Enjoy Your Life ! » Langue Français Pays …   Wikipédia en Français

  • contact — con‧tact [ˈkɒntækt ǁ ˈkɑːn ] noun [countable] a person you know who may be able to help or advise you, especially because of the work they do: • He has a lot of contacts in the media. • There are some excellent opportunities around, if you ask… …   Financial and business terms

  • contact — CONTÁCT, contacte, s.n. 1. Atingere directă, nemijlocită între două corpuri, două forţe, două energii etc. ♢ expr. În contact cu... = în nemijlocită apropiere de..., în legătură strânsă cu... ♦ (concr.) Piesă care serveşte la stabilirea unui… …   Dicționar Român

  • Contact — (englisch für Kontakt) steht für: Contact!, Album der italienischen Band Eiffel 65 Contact (Band), österreichisches Popduo Contact (Computerspiel), Videospiel für Nintendo DS Contact (Legespiel), Kinderspiel von Ken Garland Contact (Roman), Roman …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Contact FM — City of license Hamilton Broadcast area Hamilton Worldwide (Internet) Frequency 88.1 MHz First air date 1976 Format Student radio …   Wikipedia

  • contact — [kän′takt΄; ] for v. [, ] occas. [ kən takt′] n. [L contactus, pp. of contingere, to touch, seize < com , together + tangere, to touch: see TACT] 1. the act or state of touching or meeting [two surfaces in contact] 2. the state or fact of… …   English World dictionary

  • Contact 94 — was a radio station that broadcast from France to the Channel Islands between 1988 and 1991.[1] See also Channel 103 BBC Radio Jersey Island FM BBC Radio Guernsey References ^ Contact 94 Reunion September 2008, Paul Easton Flickr Page …   Wikipedia

  • Contact — Con tact (k[o^]n t[a^]kt), n. [L. contactus, fr. contingere, tactum, to touch on all sides. See {Contingent}.] 1. A close union or junction of bodies; a touching or meeting. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geom.) The property of two curves, or surfaces, which …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contact — (n.) 1620s, action of touching, from L. contactus a touching, from pp. of contingere to touch, seize, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + tangere to touch (see TANGENT (Cf. tangent)). Figurative sense of connection, communication …   Etymology dictionary


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