Meaning of contrast

con•trast

Pronunciation: (v.kun-trast', kon'trastn.kon'trast), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to compare in order to show unlikeness or differences; note the opposite natures, purposes, etc., of: Contrast the political rights of Romans and Greeks.
—v.i.
  1. to exhibit unlikeness on comparison with something else; form a contrast.
  2. to differ in a way that can serve to distinguish meanings:(p) and (b) contrast in the words “pin” and “bin.” The sounds
—n.
  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. the relative difference between light and dark areas of a print or negative.
  6. the brightness ratio of the lightest to the darkest part of the television screen image.
  7. a difference between linguistic elements, esp. sounds, that can serve to distinguish meanings.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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