contrast


contrast
con•trast
v. [[t]kənˈtræst, ˈkɒn træst[/t]] n. [[t]ˈkɒn træst[/t]] v. t.
1) to compare in order to show unlikeness or differences; note the opposite qualities of
2) to exhibit unlikeness on comparison with something else; form a contrast
3) ling. (of linguistic elements, as speech sounds) to differ in a way that can serve to distinguish meanings
4) the act of contrasting; the state of being contrasted
5) a striking exhibition of unlikeness
6) a person or thing that is strikingly unlike in comparison
7) fia opposition or juxtaposition of different forms, lines, or colors in a work of art
8) pht the relative difference between light and dark areas of a photographic print or negative
9) rtv the brightness ratio of the lightest to the darkest part of a television screen image
10) phn ling. a difference between linguistic elements, esp. sounds, that can serve to distinguish meanings
Etymology: 1480–90; (v.) < MF contraster < It contrastare to contest < L contrā- contra- I+stāre to stand; (n.) earlier contraste < F < It contrasto conflict, der. of contrastare con•trast′a•ble, adj. con•trast′a•bly, adv.

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