, more anticontagious, most anticontagious
1. Not transmissible by direct or indirect contact; not communicable: "Devin used an antiseptic on his hands to provide an anticontagious condition."
2. The prevention of transmitting a disease by bodily contact: "As a nurse in the hospital, Sonja and other nurses, took anticontagious precautions as much as possible to avoid spreading diseases from one patient to another one."
atactilia (s) (noun)
, atactilias (pl)
A condition in which a person experiences a loss of the sense of touch or feeling: George was reassured that the atactilia which he was experiencing was transitory and temporary and so it would not last much longer.
, attains; attained; attaining
1. To achieve an objective: "Lorene attained her high school diploma by completing her home work and striving to learn as much as possible about the subjects she was studying."
2. To arrive at, to reach, as by persistence and the passage of time: "We attain our goal when we reach it."
3. Etymology: from attingere, ad- + tangere, "to touch, to reach".
, more attainable, most attainable
Capable of being achieved or obtained: Thomas decided to lose 15 kilos in three months and his parents thought it was an attainable goal to go for.
attainder (s) (noun)
, attainders (pl)
A cancellation of civil rights: "In former times, a conviction of treason, or a felony of a person, could result in an attainder or a condition of having lost one's civil rights."
attainment (s) (noun)
, attainments (pl)
Achieving an objective, a goal, or a level of success: "An attainment is usually accomplished with hard work and skills that have been acquired by training."
, attaints; attainted; attainting
To dishonor or to disgrace by passing judgment of death or of being a criminal: "Cedric was attainted when the court convicted him of murdering his wife and two children."
attaintment (s) (noun)
, attaintments (pl)
Being affected by a conviction or being charged with a crime or misdemeanor.
contact (s) (noun)
, contacts (pl)
1. A situation in which two people, objects, surfaces, or things physically touch each other; an act of touching: "It is very important that a mother have physical contact with her child or children."
"Contact means coming together or touching other people or things."
"The vehicle turned over when the rear wheels lost contact with the highway."
"During the storm, the pilot of the air craft lost contact with the control tower."
2. A connection with someone who might be of use: "The reporter met with his contact in the governor's office to verify the latest political proposal by the governor to the legislature."
3. Information that consists of such items as a telephone number, street address, or e-mail address, and any other data that makes it possible to communicate with each other: "An applicant is instructed to put his or her information on the application form so contacts can be made."
4. An exposure to a source of infection: "A person who has been exposed to a source of infection is also a contact."
5. Etymology: from Latin contactus
, from contact
, "touched, grasped, bordered on; from the verb contingere
, from con-
, "together with" + tangere
, "to touch".
, contacts; contacted; contacting
1. A condition which exists when people communicate and see each other: "In modern business, a person who is to be contacted and who seeks to get in touch with others to form business relations by trying to contact them."
2. When touching, meeting, joining, or connecting: "When the two wires contact each other, the machine will start."
"One technical form of contacting something consists of conducting a part of a component; such as, a switch or relay, that interacts with another conducting part to make or to break an electric circuit."
"Another form of contacting something is the point at which an object; such as, an aircraft or ship, is first detected by radar or another detecting device."
3. Communicating with, reaching, or getting in touch with someone: "Bianca was finally able to contact the computer technician so she could get her computer repaired."
, more contact, most contact
1. In sports, allowing players to touch or to hit each other: "Ice hockey and football are examples of contact sports."
2. A reference to various kinds of communication: "The company is maintaining contact information regarding its employees."
contactless-smart card (s) (noun)
, contactless-smart cards (pl)
1. An awkward name for a credit card or loyalty card that contains an RFID chip to transmit information to a reader without having to be swiped through a reader. Such cards can speed checkout; therefore, providing consumers with more convenience.
2. An identification card that contains an RFID chip to transmit information to a reader without having to be swiped through a reader.
, more contactual, most contactual
A reference to touching, communicating, or accessing information: "The contactual data is available in the computer backup disk."
, more contactually, most contactually
A descriptive reference to a coming together or the touching of two bodies or surfaces or the exposure to a source of infection: "The patients in the hospital were contactually infecting each other and the nursing staff, too."
contagion (s) (noun)
, contagions (pl)
1. An incident or situation in which an infectious disease can be spread from one person or animal by direct or an indirect contact or through the air.
2. The extension or spreading of an emotional or mental state of some kind of a behavior, attitude, or emotion from one person to another person or group to group with suggestions, propaganda, or unverified information.