Definitions of contrast

  1. the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
  2. ( photography) 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)
  3. the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors
  4. a conceptual separation or demarcation; " there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
  5. the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared; " in contrast to", " by contrast"
  6. put in opposition to show or emphasize differences; " The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student"
  7. 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)
  8. To stand in opposition; to exhibit difference, unlikeness, or opposition of qualities.
  9. To set in opposition, or over against, in order to show the differences between, or the comparative excellences and defects of; to compare by difference or contrariety of qualities; as, to contrast the present with the past.
  10. To give greater effect to, as to a figure or other object, by putting it in some relation of opposition to another figure or object.
  11. The act of contrasting, or the state of being contrasted; comparison by contrariety of qualities.
  12. Opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities; unlikeness, esp. as shown by juxtaposition or comparison.
  13. The opposition of varied forms, colors, etc., which by such juxtaposition more vividly express each other's peculiarities.
  14. To compare in order to show unlikeness; to state the difference between.
  15. To be different, as shown by comparison.
  16. Difference of qualities shown by comparison; the thing or quality opposed to another.
  17. To stand against or in opposition to.
  18. To set in opposition, in order to show superiority or give effect.
  19. Opposition or unlikeness in things compared: exhibition of differences.
  20. Opposition or strong unlikeness; comparison of opposites.
  21. To place or show in opposition.
  22. To stand in opposition; exhibit opposite qualities.
  23. To compare in order to show unlikeness.
  24. To stand in opposition; show unlikeness.
  25. Partial unlikeness between things compared; also, the things thus opposed.
  26. Opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities, the presentation of opposite things with a view to comparison.
  27. To set in opposition different things or qualities, to show more strikingly the superior excellence of one to another.
  28. To stand in contrast or opposition.
  29. Opposition or difference of qualities made manifest by direct comparison; opposition of outline or colour to increase effect.
  30. To oppose different things, qualities, or conditions to each other that, by comparison, the superior excellence of one of them may be seen; to set things in opposition, or side by side, in order that the superiority of one of them may be exhibited in a more striking point of view.

Usage examples for contrast

  1. Here, then, is the point of contrast. – Far Off Things by Arthur Machen
  2. Wouldn'tthis humble dress set off your clothes by contrast? – Skinner's Dress Suit by Henry Irving Dodge
  3. His fondness for contrast often leads him to make one picture too bright and the other too dark. – Halleck's New English Literature by Reuben P. Halleck
  4. A fine contrast to the sea hog, I thought. – The Harbor by Ernest Poole
  5. " But a contrast is what you men always like. – The Claverings by Anthony Trollope
  6. He has forever associated their names in contrast. – A Life of St. John for the Young by George Ludington Weed
  7. The chief members are connected either by standing in contrast as members, or by but, understood before Johnson. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  8. A more complete contrast than this little girl presented to her parents and brother, cannot be imagined. – The Garies and Their Friends by Frank J. Webb
  9. All this was silly, but it pleases us men, and contrast is so charming! – Peg Woffington by Charles Reade
  10. At the same time, the contrast between the cat and the dog has often been exaggerated by dog- lovers. – The Pleasures of Ignorance by Robert Lynd
  11. Georgina's stern little note beginning " Dear Sir" was the next in order and was in such sharp contrast to the loving, intimate way she addressed her mother, that he felt the intended reproach of it, even while it amused and surprised him. – Georgina of the Rainbows by Annie Fellows Johnston
  12. Laura wore a fashionable black dinner dress and her skin, by contrast, was very white. – Northwest! by Harold Bindloss
  13. The trees look black in contrast as you gaze up from the beach against the high bank. – The Singing Mouse Stories by Emerson Hough
  14. Besides, I want her to contrast with me as if I'd taken any amount of trouble about my own appearance and none about hers. – The Limit by Ada Leverson
  15. He could almost have laughed at the contrast between the place his fancy had painted and the place he had found, at what he had thought would happen, and at what had happened! – The Chink in the Armour by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  16. You see, my dear, we live in an age of contrast. – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
  17. The contrast made him laugh out loud. – A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood
  18. Contrast the freezing midnight scene of storm and surf, eight miles from the nearest land, with the quiet sleep of millions. – Heroes of the Goodwin Sands by Thomas Stanley Treanor