Definitions for: Contrast

[n] the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
[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)
[n] the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors
[n] a conceptual separation or demarcation; "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
[n] the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared; "in contrast to", "by contrast"
[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"
[v] to show differences when compared; be different; "the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

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.

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

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