(noun, verb)


1. close interaction

- they kept in daily contact

- they claimed that they had been in contact with extraterrestrial beings

Definition categories: act, interaction

2. the act of touching physically

- her fingers came in contact with the light switch

Definition categories: act, touch, touching

3. the state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity

- litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid

Definition categories: state, connectedness, connection, link

4. the physical coming together of two or more things

- contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull

Similar word(s): impinging, striking

Definition categories: event, happening, occurrence, occurrent

5. a person who is in a position to give you special assistance

- he used his business contacts to get an introduction to the governor

Similar word(s): middleman

Definition categories: person, representative

6. a channel for communication between groups

Similar word(s): liaison, link

Definition categories: communication, channel, line

7. (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact

- they forget to solder the contacts

Similar word(s): tangency

Definition categories: man–made, conjunction, junction

8. a communicative interaction

- the pilot made contact with the base

Similar word(s): touch

Definition categories: communication, communicating

9. a thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication

Definition categories: man–made, lens, lense

Sentences with contact as a noun:

- I haven't been in contact with her for years.

- Touch the contact to ground and read the number again.

- The salesperson had a whole binder full of contacts for potential clients.

- I bought myself a new contact ball last week


1. be in or establish communication with

- He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia

Similar word(s): reach

Definition categories: communication, communicate, intercommunicate

2. be in direct physical contact with; make contact

- The wire must not contact the metal cover

- The surfaces contact at this point

Similar word(s): adjoin, meet, touch

Definition categories: contact

Sentences with contact as a verb:

- The side of the car contacted the pedestrian.

- I am trying to contact my sister.