Meaning of CONTACT in English

I. ˈkän-ˌtakt noun

Etymology: French or Latin; French, from Latin contactus, from contingere to have contact with — more at contingent

Date: 1626


a. : union or junction of surfaces

b. : the apparent touching or mutual tangency of the limbs of two celestial bodies or of the disk of one body with the shadow of another during an eclipse, transit, or occultation


(1) : the junction of two electrical conductors through which a current passes

(2) : a special part made for such a junction


a. : association , relationship

b. : connection , communication

c. : an establishing of communication with someone or an observing or receiving of a significant signal from a person or object

radar contact with Mars

3. : a person serving as a go-between, messenger, connection, or source of special information

business contact s

4. : contact lens

II. ˈkän-ˌtakt, kən-ˈ verb

Date: 1834

intransitive verb

: to make contact

transitive verb

1. : to bring into contact


a. : to enter or be in contact with : join

b. : to get in communication with

contact your local dealer


The use of contact as a verb, especially in sense 2b, is accepted as standard by almost all commentators except those who write college handbooks.

III. ˈkän-ˌtakt adjective

Date: 1859

: maintaining, involving, or activated or caused by contact

contact poisons

contact sports

contact dermatitis

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.