Meaning of 'contrast'

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Meaning of ‘contrast’

7 definitions found.



the act of distinguishing by comparing differences


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)


the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors


a conceptual separation or distinction

Synonyms: line


the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared

Example: "in contrast to, by contrast"

Synonyms: direct contrast


to put in opposition to show or emphasize differences

Example: "The middle school teacher contrasted the best student's work with that of the weakest student."


to show differences when compared

Example: "The paintings contrast the painter's development over time."

Synonyms: counterpoint

Source: WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University

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