|1.||the act or state of touching physically|
|2.||the state or fact of close association or communication (esp in the phrases in contact, make contact)|
|3.||a. a junction of two or more electrical conductors|
|b. the part of the conductors that makes the junction|
|c. the part of an electrical device to which such connections are made|
|4.||an acquaintance, esp one who might be useful in business, as a means of introduction, etc|
|5.||any person who has been exposed to a contagious disease|
|6.||photog See contact print|
|7.||(usually plural) an informal name for contact lens|
|8.||(modifier) of or relating to irritation or inflammation of the skin caused by touching the causative agent: contact dermatitis|
|9.||(modifier) denoting an insecticide or herbicide that kills on contact, rather than after ingestion or absorption|
|10.||(modifier) of or maintaining contact|
|11.||(modifier) requiring or involving (physical) contact: the contact sport of boxing|
|—vb (when intr, |
|12.||to put, come, or be in association, touch, or communication|
|13.||aeronautics (formerly) a call made by the pilot to indicate that an aircraft's ignition is switched on and that the engine is ready for starting by swinging the propeller|
|[C17: from Latin contactus, from contingere to touch on all sides, pollute, from tangere to touch]|
contact con·tact (kŏn'tākt')
A coming together or touching, as of bodies or surfaces.
A person recently exposed to a contagious disease, usually through close association with an infected individual.
Of, sustaining, or making contact.
Caused or transmitted by touching, as a rash.
|contact (kŏn'tākt') Pronunciation Key