1. [ noun ] the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared
Synonyms: direct_contrast

"in contrast to", "by contrast"

Related terms: opposition
2. [ noun ] the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
Related terms: comparison
3. [ verb ] put in contrast
Related terms: distinguish
4. [ noun ] (psychology) a conceptual separation or demarcation
Synonyms: dividing_line demarcation line

: "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"

Related terms: differentiation Rubicon
5. [ verb ] to show differences when compared; be different
Synonyms: counterpoint

"the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"

Related terms: differ oppose conflict foil
6. [ noun ] (psychology,color) the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors
Related terms: visual_perception
7. [ verb ] put in opposition to show or emphasize differences

"The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student"

Related terms: distinguish represent
8. [ noun ] 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)
Related terms: scope photography
Similar spelling:   contrasty