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Meaning of CONTRAST

Pronunciation:  [n]'kântrast, [v]kun'trast, 'kân`trast

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
  2. [n]  (photography) the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness)
  3. [n]  the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors
  4. [n]  a conceptual separation or demarcation; "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
  5. [n]  the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared; "in contrast to", "by contrast"
  6. [v]  put in opposition to show or emphasize differences; "The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student"
  7. [v]  to show differences when compared; be different; "the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"

CONTRAST is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: counterpoint, demarcation, direct contrast, dividing line, line
 See Also: ambit, beholding, comparing, comparison, compass, conflict, counterbalance, differ, differentiate, differentiation, distinction, distinguish, foil, oppose, oppositeness, opposition, orbit, point of no return, range, reach, Rubicon, scope, secern, secernate, seeing, separate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart, turn the scales, visual perception



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con*trast"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Contrasted}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Contrasting}.] [F. contraster, LL. contrastare to
    resist, withstand, fr. L. contra + stare to stand. See
    To stand in opposition; to exhibit difference, unlikeness, or
    opposition of qualities.
          The joints which divide the sandstone contrast finely
          with the divisional planes which separate the basalt
          into pillars.                            --Lyell.
  2. \Con*trast"\, v. t.
    1. To set in opposition, or over against, in order to show
       the differences between, or the comparative excellences
       and defects of; to compare by difference or contrariety of
       qualities; as, to contrast the present with the past.
    2. (Fine Arts) To give greater effect to, as to a figure or
       other object, by putting it in some relation of opposition
       to another figure or object.
             the figures of the groups must not be all on side .
             . . but must contrast each other by their several
             position.                             --Dryden.
  3. \Con"trast\ (k[o^]n"tr[.a]st), n. [F. contraste: cf.
    It. contrasto.]
    1. The act of contrasting, or the state of being contrasted;
       comparison by contrariety of qualities.
             place the prospect of the soul In sober contrast
             with reality.                         --Wordsworth.
    2. Opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities;
       unlikeness, esp. as shown by juxtaposition or comparison.
             The contrasts and resemblances of the seasons.
    3. (Fine Arts) The opposition of varied forms, colors, etc.,
       which by such juxtaposition more vividly express each
       other's peculiarities.                      --Fairholt.
Video Dictionary
 Definition: (1) The general term for describing the tone separation in a print in relation to a given difference in the light-and.shade of the negative or subject from which it was made. Thus, "contrast" is the general term for the property called "gamma" (Y), which is measured by making an H & D Curve for the proces under study. (2) The range of tones in a photographic negative or positive expressed as the ratio of the extreme opacities or transparencies or as the difference between the extreme densities This range is more properly described as "scale" or "latitude" (3) The ability of a photographic material, developer, or process as a whole to differentiate among small graduations in the tones of the subject.
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