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Definitions of contrast

  1. to show differences when compared; be different; "the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the act of distinguishing by comparing differences Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (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) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a conceptual separation or demarcation; "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared; "in contrast to", "by contrast" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. put in opposition to show or emphasize differences; "The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. 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) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. To stand in opposition; to exhibit difference, unlikeness, or opposition of qualities. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. The act of contrasting, or the state of being contrasted; comparison by contrariety of qualities. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. Opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities; unlikeness, esp. as shown by juxtaposition or comparison. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. The opposition of varied forms, colors, etc., which by such juxtaposition more vividly express each other's peculiarities. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. To compare in order to show unlikeness; to state the difference between. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. To be different, as shown by comparison. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. Difference of qualities shown by comparison; the thing or quality opposed to another. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. A comparison in which the differences between two objects are shown. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  19. To stand against or in opposition to. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. To set in opposition, in order to show superiority or give effect. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Opposition or unlikeness in things compared: exhibition of differences. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. Opposition or strong unlikeness; comparison of opposites. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. To place or show in opposition. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. To stand in opposition; exhibit opposite qualities. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. To compare in order to show unlikeness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. To stand in opposition; show unlikeness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. Partial unlikeness between things compared; also, the things thus opposed. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. Opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities, the presentation of opposite things with a view to comparison. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. To set in opposition different things or qualities, to show more strikingly the superior excellence of one to another. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. To stand in contrast or opposition. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. Opposition or difference of qualities made manifest by direct comparison; opposition of outline or colour to increase effect. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. To oppose different things, qualities, or conditions to each other that, by comparison, the superior excellence of one of them may be seen; to set things in opposition, or side by side, in order that the superiority of one of them may be exhibited in a more striking point of view. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  33. kon-trast', v.i. to stand in opposition to.--v.t. to set in opposition, in order to show superiority or give effect.--n. CON'TRAST, opposition or unlikeness in things compared: exhibition of differences.--adj. CONTRAST'IVE. [Fr. contraster--L. contra, opposite to, st[=a]re, to stand.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  34. Set (two things, one with another) in opposition, so as to show their differences; (intr.) show striking difference on comparison (with). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  35. Juxtaposition (esp. of forms, colours, &c.) showing striking differences (between); thing showing such a difference (to). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  36. A comparison of two or more things for the purpose of showing their difference, also the degree of difference so detected. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  37. n. Exhibition of dissimilarity; differential comparison; —juxtaposition of bodies, figures, or qualities, to set off each other, or to show their relative excellence; —the result of such comparison. Cabinet Dictionary
  38. Opposition and dissimilitude of figures, by which one contributes to the visibility or effect of another. Complete Dictionary
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