"contrasts" in the noun sense
1. contrast, direct contrast
the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared
"in contrast to"
the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
3. line, dividing line, demarcation, contrast
a conceptual separation or distinction
"there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors
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)
"contrasts" in the verb sense
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. contrast, counterpoint
to show differences when compared be different
"the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"
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