con·trast /kənˈtræst, ˈkɑnˌ/
Con·trast v. i. [imp. & p. p. Contrasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Contrasting.] To stand in opposition; to exhibit difference, unlikeness, or opposition of qualities.
The joints which divide the sandstone contrast finely with the divisional planes which separate the basalt into pillars. --Lyell.
Con·trast, v. t.
1. 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.
2. Fine Arts 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.
the figures of the groups must not be all on side . . . but must contrast each other by their several position. --Dryden.
1. The act of contrasting, or the state of being contrasted; comparison by contrariety of qualities.
place the prospect of the soul
In sober contrast with reality. --Wordsworth.
2. Opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities; unlikeness, esp. as shown by juxtaposition or comparison.
The contrasts and resemblances of the seasons. --Whewell.
3. Fine Arts The opposition of varied forms, colors, etc., which by such juxtaposition more vividly express each other's peculiarities. --Fairholt.
n 1: the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared;
"in contrast to", "by contrast" [syn: direct contrast]
2: the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
3: a conceptual separation or demarcation; "there is a narrow
line between sanity and insanity" [syn: line, dividing
4: the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different
5: 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)
v 1: put in opposition to show or emphasize differences; "The
middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work
with that of her weakest student"
2: to show differences when compared; be different; "the
students contrast considerably in their artistic
abilities" [syn: counterpoint]