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1  —as in:
contrast their writing styles
Definition point to differences between; or compare to show differences
  • Contrast winter in Panama with winter in Alaska.
contrast = point to differences between; or compare to show differences
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Contrast typical underlying beliefs of pro-life and pro-choice supporters.
  • contrast = point to differences between
  • The author uses the characters to contrast the pressures felt by someone who spends everything earned and someone who saves money each month.
  • contrast = point to differences between; or compare to show differences
  • At school, she once nearly got them in trouble, when her history teacher assigned the class to write a paper contrasting the views of Demosthenes and Locke as expressed in two of their early columns.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • contrasting = pointing to differences between
  • In fact, by the age of twenty, the elite performers had each totaled ten thousand hours of practice. By contrast, the merely good students had totaled eight thousand hours, and the future music teachers had totaled just over four thousand hours.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
  • Kirsten was our resident drama queen. Her emotions were always at full throttle, as was her mouth; she never stopped talking, even if she was well aware you weren't listening to her. In contrast, Whitney was the silent type, which meant the few words she uttered always carried that much more meaning.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • in contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
  • His jeans were stiff with dirt, and they were too short besides. By contrast, his T-shirt hung almost to his knees.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
  • Our business is not to contrast the two, but to reconcile them.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • contrast = point to differences between
  • ...he had thought that up to make me understand he wasn't afraid of Radleys in any shape or form, to contrast his own fearless heroism with my cowardice.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • contrast = point to the difference between
  • I am no longer comparing the Anglo-American States to foreign nations; but I am contrasting them with each other, and endeavoring to discover why they are so unlike.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
contrasting = pointing to differences between

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2  —as in:
there is a contrast
Definition a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
  • The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • There was quite a contrast between the styles of the two teachers.
  • contrast = notable difference
  • I have laughed, in bitterness and agony of heart, at the contrast between what I seem and what I am!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • contrast = notable difference
  • In stark contrast to two nights ago, when I felt Peeta was a million miles away, I'm struck by his immediacy now.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • contrast = difference
  • He threw over her shoulders the wraps he had brought, the modest wraps of common life, the poverty of which contrasted with the elegance of the ball dress.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • contrasted = was notably different
  • Clary noted the contrast: the ravaged face of the older man and the boy's unlined one, the pale locks of hair falling into Jace's eyes making him look even younger.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • contrast = notable difference
  • To me at least there was a strange contrast between the sweet promise of the spring and this sinister quest upon which we were engaged.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • contrast = difference
  • She wears a bright yellow coat, buttoned to the throat, which contrasts with the dark gray overcast sky above.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • contrasts = differs in a side-x-side comparison
  • The chill Westerberg sensed between Alex and his parents stood in marked contrast to the warmth McCandless exhibited in Carthage.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • contrast = difference
  • I thought of all those heroines of fiction who looked pretty when they cried, and what a contrast I must make with blotched and swollen face, and red rims to my eyes.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
contrast = an unmissable difference when compared side-x-side

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3  —as in:
it is a contrast
Definition something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
  • College is quite a contrast to high school.
contrast = something notably different
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Her red dress was a striking contrast to all the black dresses around her.
  • contrast = something notably different
  • Leonard noticed the contrast when he stepped out of it into the country.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • contrast = something noticeably different
  • It was such a contrast to his restraint of a few minutes ago that Armstrong was quite taken aback.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • contrast = something noticeably different
  • Her voice was soft, a contrast from the crazed, hard sound he'd heard from her after she first arrived, when she'd delivered the message that everything was going to change.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • contrast = something noticeably different
  • His calm and serene look formed a singular contrast to Albert's grief-stricken face, who approached also, followed by the other four young men.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • contrast = something noticeably different
  • ... and a pair of very penetrating dark eyes, which present a singular contrast to the colour of his hair,
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • contrast = something notably different — especially when viewed side-x-side
  • There is something tropical and exotic about her which forms a singular contrast to her cool and unemotional brother.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • contrast = something noticeably different
  • He touched the photograph with a scarred and weathered hand—a strange contrast to the neat spotlessness of his tweed cuffs.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • contrast = something noticeably different
  • A wizard had just Apparated at their fireside, and he could not have made more of a contrast with Ludo Bagman, sprawled on the grass in his old Wasp robes.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
contrast = something noticeably different

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4  —as in:
sharpen the picture contrast
Definition the difference between tones of an image — as in a photo or video — such as the quality of brightness or the intensity of shades or colors
  • She increased the video's contrast by making dark pixels darker and light pixels lighter.
contrast = the difference between tones of an image
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Some technical definitions of contrast consider intensity of color. Other definitions consider only black and white.
  • contrast = the difference between tones of an image
  • We increased the photo's contrast, so we can better see minor detail.
  • contrast = the difference between tones of an image
  • As beams of light tinted the clouds with blazing colors, everything gained a sharp contrast: brightly lit on one side, deeply shadowed on the other.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • contrast = the difference between tones of an image — such as the quality of brightness or the intensity of colors
  • ...a series of photos of a human vein, taken in sequence, in gradations of precisely controlled light, the level of contrast changing subtly with each one.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • contrast = difference between tones of an image
  • The picture was beautiful, however, the composition perfect. ... In the last few months, though, it had started to look kind of eerie to me. Like I couldn't just see the fine white-on-black contrast, or the way our features repeated themselves, in different measure but always similar, across our faces. Instead, when I studied it, I saw other things.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
contrast = the difference between tones of an image

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