tang-, tact-, tast-, ting-, -tig -tag, -teg-
(Latin: touch, feel; try; reach; handle; evaluate, estimate)
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."
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".
"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".
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."
2. A reference to various kinds of communication: "The company is maintaining contact information regarding its employees."
2. An identification card that contains an RFID chip to transmit information to a reader without having to be swiped through a reader.
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.