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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contact  \Con"tact\,  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. 
 
  2.  (Geom.)  The  property  of  two  curves,  or  surfaces,  which 
  meet  and  at  the  point  of  meeting  have  a  common  direction. 
 
  3.  (Mining)  The  plane  between  two  adjacent  bodies  of 
  dissimilar  rock.  --Raymond. 
 
  {Contact  level},  a  delicate  level  so  pivoted  as  to  tilt  when 
  two  parts  of  a  measuring  apparatus  come  into  contact  with 
  each  other  --  used  in  precise  determinations  of  lengths 
  and  in  the  accurate  graduation  of  instruments. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contact 
  n  1:  close  interaction:  "they  kept  in  daily  contact";  "they 
  claimed  that  they  had  been  in  contact  with 
  extraterrestrial  beings" 
  2:  the  act  of  touching  physically;  "her  fingers  came  in  contact 
  with  the  light  switch"  [syn:  {contacting}] 
  3:  the  state  or  condition  of  touching  or  of  being  in  immediate 
  proximity:  "litmus  paper  turns  red  on  contact  with  an 
  acid" 
  4:  the  physical  coming  together  of  two  or  more  things  "contact 
  with  the  pier  scraped  paint  from  the  hull"  [syn:  {impinging}, 
  {striking}] 
  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"  [syn:  {middleman}] 
  6:  a  channel  for  communication  between  groups;  "he  provided  a 
  liaison  with  the  geurillas"  [syn:  {liaison},  {link},  {inter-group 
  communication}] 
  7:  a  junction  where  things  (as  two  electrical  conductors)  touch 
  or  are  in  physical  contact  "they  forget  to  solder  the 
  contacts"  [syn:  {tangency}] 
  8:  a  communicative  interaction;  "the  pilot  made  contact  with 
  the  base";  "he  got  in  touch  with  his  colleagues"  [syn:  {touch}] 
  v  :  be  in  communication  with  establish  communication  with  "Our 
  advertisements  reach  millions"  [syn:  {reach},  {get 
  through},  {get  hold  of}] 




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