to compare in order to show unlikeness or differences; note the opposite natures, purposes, etc., of: Contrast the political rights of Romans and Greeks.
1. to exhibit unlikeness on comparison with something else; form a contrast.
2. Ling.to differ in a way that can serve to distinguish meanings: The sounds (p) and (b) contrast in the words “pin” and “bin.”
1. the act of contrasting; the state of being contrasted.
2. a striking exhibition of unlikeness.
3. a person or thing that is strikingly unlike in comparison: The weather down here is a welcome contrast to what we're having back home.
4. opposition or juxtaposition of different forms, lines, or colors in a work of art to intensify each element's properties and produce a more dynamic expressiveness.
5. Photog.the relative difference between light and dark areas of a print or negative.
6. Television.the brightness ratio of the lightest to the darkest part of the television screen image.
7. Ling.a difference between linguistic elements, esp. sounds, that can serve to distinguish meanings.
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