• WordNet 3.6
    • adj contrastive syntactically establishing a relation of contrast between sentences or elements of a sentence "disjunctive conjunctions like `but', `or', or `though' serve a contrastive function"
    • adj contrastive strikingly different; tending to contrast "contrasting (or contrastive) colors"
    • adj contrastive of words so related that one contrasts with the other "`rich' and `hard-up' are contrastive terms"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A top freestyle swimmer achieves a speed of only 4 miles per hour. Fish, in contrast, have been clocked at 68 mph
    • contrastive Of the nature of or arising from contrast; due to contrast.
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “All that is noble is in itself of a quiet nature, and appears to sleep until it is aroused and summoned forth by contrast.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Philosophy always requires something more, requires the eternal, the true, in contrast to which even the fullest existence as such is but a happy moment.”


In literature:

But what a contrast, in point of decency, between Rabelais and Erasmus!
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
How alarming is the contrast!
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
The contrast between them was strongly marked.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
His appearance offered a marked contrast to that of the man with whom Katherine had just parted.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Arnold's "Dramatic Overture" shows a fire and rush very characteristic of him and likely to be kept up without sufficient contrast.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
This was indeed a grateful contrast!
"Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo" by W. Cope Devereux
Perhaps this contrasting directness so startled me I was roped in before I could refuse.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
The contrast between the mores of English America and Spanish America is very great.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The Contrast between Ministerial and Missionary Work.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
Its colours were feeble; but, contrasted with the black ground against which it rested, its luminousness was extraordinary.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Contrast that with other notions of the purpose of revelation and redemption.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The paws are also quite black, contrasting with the ivory whiteness of the claws.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Sometimes an anti-masque of grotesque figures was introduced to serve as contrast to the beautiful figures of the masque.
"An Introduction to Shakespeare" by H. N. MacCracken
She is still young and beautiful; but beside Miss Aubrey she presents a somewhat painful contrast!
"Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1." by Samuel Warren
Already, in this first meeting, the contrast of these two young men was plainly to be seen.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
Read Kipling's Puck o' Pook's Hill, the modern fairy story, and contrast with those of older date.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
Contrast with first miracle of Jesus, 132.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus" by G. A. Chadwick
The contrast between both, and Africa, as far as explored, and as shown by its rivers, is most obvious.
"The Philosophy of the Weather" by Thomas Belden Butler
What a contrast between the bark and the brig Grenfalls!
"The Story of a Strange Career" by Anonymous
A sharp contrast appears between the accepted hypothesis with its universal form and the experiences which invalidate the earlier theory.
"Creative Intelligence" by John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

In poetry:

This miracle which saves
Himself, himself doth from extinction clutch,
By virtue of his worth, contrasting much
With brutes and knaves.
"Earth And Man" by George Meredith
Hers is the sober summer noon
Contrasted with your morn of spring,
The waning with the waxing moon,
The folded with the outspread wing.
"At School-Close" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And thus the contrast seemed to wake
New vigour in the heart and brain;
Sea, land, and sky conspired to make
The jaded spirit young again;
"Isle Of Wight--Spring, 1891" by Horace Smith
I've hated much and loved, oh so much more!
Fierce contrasts at my very heartstrings tore...
I tried to fight them--well...
What is there to tell?
"I've Often Laughed" by Morris Rosenfeld
I glanced aloft and halted, pleasure-caught
To see the contrast there:
The ray-lit clouds gleamed glory; and I thought,
"There's solace everywhere!"
"A Meeting With Despair" by Thomas Hardy
No....horrid contrast! on that scene
The murderer reared his poniard keen;
There proudly stalked with hideous mien
The blood-stained sons of anarchy.
"Lines On The Place De La Concorde At Paris," by Amelia Opie

In news:

Contrast is a funny thing, especially in the USA.
ROCHESTER, NY-Navitar Life Sciences, an affiliated entity of Navitar Inc, an optics manufacturer, have entered into an agreement to acquire assets of Modulation Optics and its Hoffman Modulation Contrast (HMC) Imaging Technology.
New York Monologue Coaching is offering a ONE NIGHT ONLY class that's only goal is finding you TWO CONTRASTING monologues for all of your auditions.
The hike around Elephant Mountain is a study in contrasts.
The north face of the Eiger, by contrast, is still reckoned a serious mountaineer 's graduation piece—13,025 feet of climbing, almost two miles uphill, over some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet.
The use of contrast for myocardial viability imaging is a major new application of MR Myocardial perfusion, stress imaging, and the evaluation of myocardial ischemia are active subjects of investigation as well.
I'LL SAY THIS ABOUT VANCOUVER, CANADA: The contrasts are striking.
Toshiba's Contrast-Free MR Protects Patients From Fatal Nephrogenic Disease.
There has been a continual and dramatic increase in the utilization of contrast-enhanced computed tomography over the last 2 decades.
In this update, recent advances in our understanding of contrast-induced nephropathy for contrast-enhanced CT will be reviewed.
Contrast-induced nephropathy : Risk factors, pathophysiology, and prevention.
The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial demonstrated a reduction in diabetic neuropathy with tighter blood-glucose control.2 In contrast to painful neuropathy, some patients may experience numbness or tingling.
Because it's so clearly aimed at an inter­national audience, The Tel Aviv Session provides a useful point of contrast with the music that people in North Africa are making for one another.
This fresh and refreshing salad makes for a nice contrast to the other rich and heavy dishes on the Thanksgiving table.
India, as the old cliche goes, is a land of contrasts.

In science:

Next, Pen (1997) pointed out that FFTs may be used to perform the convolutions in such a way that the two-point correlations of the sampled fields are exact, in contrast with the usual k-space methods which produce exact power spectra but not two-point correlations.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
The high-resolution fields are smooth outside of the refinement volume simply because they have been convolved with a highresolution transfer function; by contrast, Figure 12 shows only the sampling of a low-resolution mesh outside of the subvolume.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
Contrast to left ones, right column are that of ensemble when φ = π and fixed point is spiral.
Mechanism of synchronization in a random dynamical system
In contrast, a static random graph with the same degree distribution exhibits a second–order phase transition at δ = 1/4, and the average component size diverges there.
Are randomly grown graphs really random?
By contrast, Szyperski defines components as units of deployment.
Component Programming and Interoperability in Constraint Solver Design
In contrast to MWPC, the electric field in AGD is defined not only by the applied voltage and electrode dimensions but by donor (n-type) or acceptor (p-type) impurities concentration as well.
Status of the Experiment on the Laboratory Search for the Electron Antineutrino Magnetic Moment at the Level mu_nu < 3 s 10^{-12}mu_B
This is in sharp contrast to P (l) in Eq.(6) in which only one parameter ˜λ exists.
Random-Mass Dirac Fermions in an Imaginary Vector Potential (I): Delocalization Transition and Localization Length
In contrast to the above models, the system of the random-mass Dirac fermions belongs to the universality class of the chiral orthogonal ensemble and therefore the extended states exist in the band center though the others are localized for the white-noise random mass.
Random-Mass Dirac Fermions in an Imaginary Vector Potential (II): Long-Range Correlated Random Mass
By contrast, the situation is reversed in our data, see Fig. 5 where the specific heat appears to decrease faster for h < hc .
Specific-Heat Exponent of Random-Field Systems via Ground-State Calculations
Scott Allan Prevost. 1996. A Semantics of Contrast and Information Structure for Specifying Intonation in Spoken Language Generation.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
In contrast, not much appears to be known for the case of sparse random graphs, i.e. when p(n) = O(log n).
THe largest eigenvalue of sparse random graphs
In contrast to deep virtual exclusive reactions the wide angle processes offer the possibility of investigating the generalized parton distributions at large momentum transfer.
Generalized parton distributions at large momentum transfer
In contrast, the decay B− → D∗0ρ− can occur through a color-suppressed process as well since the fast dL from the weak current can pick up the spectator u instead of the uL from the current.
Final-state interaction and s-quark helicity conservation in B -> J/psi K*
An example is shown in Fig.1, where one can see how the external potential affect the overall shape of the condensate (right panel), in contrast with the self-bound helium droplet (left panel).
Helium nanodroplets and trapped Bose-Einstein condensates as prototypes of finite quantum fluids
Results are contrasted with those obtained for the Kerr spacetime.
On the gravitomagnetic effects in cylindrically symmetric spacetimes

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