• Letter showing contact between Peter V. Armstrong and German publishers of anti-Semitic literature
    Letter showing contact between Peter V. Armstrong and German publishers of anti-Semitic literature
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v contact be in or establish communication with "Our advertisements reach millions","He never contacted his children after he emigrated to Australia"
    • v contact be in direct physical contact with; make contact "The two buildings touch","Their hands touched","The wire must not contact the metal cover","The surfaces contact at this point"
    • n contact close interaction "they kept in daily contact","they claimed that they had been in contact with extraterrestrial beings"
    • n contact the act of touching physically "her fingers came in contact with the light switch"
    • n contact (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact "they forget to solder the contacts"
    • n contact a thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication
    • n contact a channel for communication between groups "he provided a liaison with the guerrillas"
    • n contact a communicative interaction "the pilot made contact with the base","he got in touch with his colleagues"
    • n contact the physical coming together of two or more things "contact with the pier scraped paint from the hull"
    • n contact a person who is in a position to give you special assistance "he used his business contacts to get an introduction to the governor"
    • n contact the state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity "litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Boiled grape juice was the fluid used as a lubricant for the first contact lenses. Eugene Flick, who invented contact lenses in 1887, chose boiled grape juice over sugar water to lubricate the thick glass lenses that covered the entire eye.
    • Contact A close union or junction of bodies; a touching or meeting.
    • Contact (Electricity) A metallic conducting component of an electrical device connected to a circuit within and so situated that it may form a conducting pathway to an external power source or device when contacted by another conductor; as, the contact on a standard light bulb has the shape of a screw for easy insertion into the socket.
    • Contact A person who serves to commmunicate information to or from one group to another, whether formally or informally; as, a good Washington reporter has contacts in the White House.
    • Contact (Mining) The plane between two adjacent bodies of dissimilar rock.
    • Contact (Geom) The property of two curves, or surfaces, which meet, and at the point of meeting have a common direction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dennis H. sent in a link proving this fact to be wrong, which means the book I got it from was wrong. I contacted the U.S. Mint and found that the first circulated coins 11,178 copper cents were minted in March 1793.
    • n contact A touching; touch; the coincidence of one or more points on the surface of each of two bodies without interpenetration of the bodies; apposition of separate bodies or points without sensible intervening space.
    • n contact Specifically, in mathematics, coincidence, as of two curves, in two or more consecutive points; the having a point and the tangent plane at that point in common.
    • n contact The act of making one body abut against another; the bringing together so as to touch.
    • n contact in mathematics, coincidence of n + 1 consecutive points.
    • contact To be together or in contact; touch; abut.
    • n contact In geology, the surface of juncture, specifically of an igneous intrusion and its containing-walls, along which mineralogical and structural changes, and especially ore-deposits, are often developed; also applied to the surface of juncture of any two contrasted rocks.
    • n contact In anthropology, the meeting of tribes or peoples of different culture, particularly that of a primitive tribe with the trade and influence of a superior people.
    • n contact In psychology: A light pressure upon the skin; a low degree of intensity of the adequate stimulus of the pressure-spots.
    • n contact A weak sensation of pressure. Some psychologists regard the sensation of contact as qualitatively different from the sensation of pressure. In all probability, however, the two are simply degrees of one and the same sensible quality.
    • n contact sensitized paper used for contact-printing.
    • n contact The sensations aroused by pressure of one part of the skin upon another.
    • n contact The twofold sensation (pressure followed by pain) which arises when the skin, for example, of the wrist is tapped with the point of a needle whose shaft is held loosely between the finger and thumb of the other hand.
    • n contact A method of making an electric are pass between terminals by interrupting an electric circuit, the contact points passing over each other with a sliding or wiping contact. The are terminals are kept free of oxid or deposit, because the surfaces are cleansed by the sliding action.
    • n contact One who has boon exposed to an infectious disease by contact or near association with a person suffering from it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If the U.S. government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?
    • n Contact kon′takt touching or close union: meeting:
    • n Contact kon′takt (math.) coincidence, as of two curves, in two or more successive points
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  • John Nuveen
    John Nuveen
    “You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.”
  • Agnes Repplier
    “It is not what we learn in conversation that enriches us. It is the elation that comes of swift contact with tingling currents of thought.”
  • Washington Irving
    “There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others however humble.”
  • Buddha
    “A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.”
  • Ken Blanchard
    Ken Blanchard
    “For a manager to be perceived as a positive manager, they need a four to one positive to negative contact ratio.”
  • Germaine Greer
    “Perhaps women have always been in closer contact with reality than men: it would seem to be the just recompense for being deprived of idealism.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. contactus, fr. contingere, -tactum, to touch on all sides. See Contingent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. conting-ĕre, contactum, to touch—con, wholly, tangĕre, to touch.


In literature:

Contact metamorphism along both the quartz-porphyry and the diorite contacts was practically lacking.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
This is the pouch of the Sitaris, save that it lies in immediate contact with the body enclosed.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
There are five different sets of contact-points, marked 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
"Respiration Calorimeters for Studying the Respiratory Exchange and Energy Transformations of Man" by Francis Gano Benedict
Their pious hands disdain all contact with the plough, and the loom, and the spade.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
The rod, D, rests upon A, one of the contacts.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
This was a long chance to take, but it was the only way to contact the grubbers.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
We kissed one another, but no more intimate contact took place.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
Physical Contact and Social Contact 1.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Into the circumference is let a piece of brass, called the contact-piece, through which a screw passes to the cam shaft.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
A vidcall is sent up and contact is made with a field headquarters.
"The Defenders" by Philip K. Dick

In poetry:

Around me is the sound of steepled bells,
And rich perfumed smells
Hang like a wind-forgotten cloud,
And shroud
Me from close contact with the world.
I dwell impearled.
"Apology" by Amy Lowell
Perched on your shoulders sits Liberty smiling,
Perched where the eyes of the nations can see.
Keep from her pinions all contact defiling;
Show by your deeds what you're destined to be.
"Emancipation" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
But O these sadder, wearier contacts!
O the touch of your poor moist hands!
I hear your pure fingers as they glide be­tween mine,
And flocks of lambs are departing by moon­light
Along the banks of a misty river.
"Contacts" by Maurice Polydore-Marie-Bernard Maeterlinck
A fragrant picture, where I still may find
Her face untouched of sorrow or regret,
Unspoiled of contact, ever young and kind,
Glad spiritual sweetheart of my soul and mind,
She had not been, perhaps, if we had met.
"Rosemary" by Madison Julius Cawein
A fragrant picture, where I still may find
Her face untouched of sorrow or regret,
Unspoiled of contact; ever young and kind;
The spiritual sweetheart of my soul and mind,
She had not been, perhaps, if we had met.
"The Picture" by Madison Julius Cawein
Once again within the city, 'mid its multitudinous din,
Stand I, while, as sinks a leaf when left by the uncertain wind,
So the daily village quiet, and the calm I had within,
Shrinks before the magic contact of the ever-shaping mind.
"City And Village" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Contact 13's Tricia Kean has a look at the violations in our Dirty Dining report.
Most of the time, that contact comes in the form of a Christmas card .
For more information, contact the church at 304-727-8919 or
We contacted appraiser Stephen Fletcher for an updated appraisal of this object in today's market.
At least one Scott County resident was contacted with a fraudulent scheme to gain confidential bank information.
If you know of any Dog Fighting Rings or anyone involved in Dog Fighting please help save these dogs and contact authorities immediately.
For immediate release Contact Briana Ezell 265-9073 Ext 201 / 400-2141.
It was late last year when I began mulling which difference-makers to contact for interviews as part of our 90th anniversary.
Contact Brenna Swift at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 588-4529.
In recent days we have received reports from nearby cities that 'scammers' have been contacting classified ad vertising customers, claiming to be representatives of the local newspaper.
Contacts for our regional management team.
Editorial Contacts for our Editorial Department.
Circulation Contacts for our Circulation Department.
If you would like to adopt Cookie, contact the L.A. City animal shelter at 213 485-8613.
Once he proved to himself that anyone could bust in with a few lines of code , he contacted the company.

In science:

Recall that the number of possible segment-segment contacts in the simulations is 26, and at most two of these are through-bond contacts.
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
If (G ⇉ M , θ, κ) is a contact groupoid in the sense of then (G ⇉ M , η , σ) is a contact groupoid in the sense of Definition 3.1, where σ(g ) = κ(g−1) for g ∈ G, and ηg is the inverse of θg−1 in the Lie groupoid T ∗G ⇉ A∗G.
Jacobi groupoids and generalized Lie bialgebroids
Let (G ⇉ M , η , σ) be a contact groupoid and (Λ, E ) be the Jacobi structure associated with the contact 1-form η .
Jacobi groupoids and generalized Lie bialgebroids
Yet another way of characterizing the line field that defines a Lorentz structure is derived from the fact that the projective cotangent bundle PT*(M) has a contact structure. A section of this bundle then becomes a Legendrian submanifold of a contact manifold. We shall return to this in the context of geodesic flows.
Proper Time Foliations of Lorentz Manifolds
Taking the initial distribution to be every conformation with with R(t) > a gives the equilibrium distribution of contact times P (τ ) with a mean contact time τsim = h∆2 isim /2h∆isim .
Non-Gaussian dynamics from a simulation of a short peptide: Loop closure rates and effective diffusion coefficients