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Definition of the noun First contact

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  1. [anthropology] the first meeting between people of two previously unknown cultures
  2. [science fiction] the first meeting between humans and extraterrestrials
  3. [astronomy] the moment, during an eclipse or transit, when the apparent positions of the two bodied first touch


  1. "First Contact" a.k.a. "Star Trek: First Contact" is a 1996 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the eighth feature film in the Star Trek science fiction franchise and the first film to feature no cast members from the original Star Trek television series of the 1960s. The primary cast for First Contact is from the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series, to which the film's producers added Alice Krige, Neal McDonough, James Cromwell and Alfre Woodard. In the film's plot, the crew of the USS Enterprise-E travel from the 24th to 21st century to save their future after the cybernetic Borg conquered Earth by changing the timeline.
  2. "First Contact" is a 1983 documentary by Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson which recounts the discovery of a flourishing native population in the interior highlands of New Guinea in 1930 in what had been thought to be an uninhabited area. It is based on the book of the same name by the same authors. Inhabitants of the region and surviving members of the Leahy brothers' gold prospecting party recount their astonishment at this unforeseen meeting. The film includes still photographs taken by a member of the expedition and contemporary footage of the island's terrain. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It won Best Feature Documentary at the 1983 Australian Film Institute Awards.
  3. "First Contact" is the 2012 short, drama and family film written and directed by Matthew Richards.


  1. "First Contact" is a 1945 science fiction novelette by Murray Leinster credited as one of the first instances of a universal translator in science fiction. It won a retro Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 1996.
    • language: English Language
    • released in (70 years ago)
    • award:
  2. "First Contact" a.k.a. "First Contact?" is a juvenile science fiction novel, the thirteenth in Hugh Walters' Chris Godfrey of U.N.E.X.A. series. It was published in the UK by Faber in 1971, in the US by T.Nelson Books in 1973.
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Science Fiction
    • released in (44 years ago)
  3. "First Contact" is 1996 novel by Jeanne Kalogridis.
    • copyright: 1996-12
    • released in (19 years ago)
  4. "First Contact" is a book by Nigel Robinson.
    • also known as "First Contact (Point SF S.)"
    • genre: Speculative fiction
    • copyright: 1994


  1. "First Contact" is a musical album of Roger Sanchez & Roger Sanchez.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  2. "First Contact" is a musical album of Hiroshi Watanabe.
  3. "First Contact" is a musical album of Tha Groove Junkeez.
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  4. "First Contact" is a musical EP of Happy Elf.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  5. "First Contact" is a musical album of →Pia-no-jaC←.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  6. "First Contact" is a musical album of ATLien Workshop.
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  7. "First Contact" is a musical EP of T3RR0R 3RR0R.
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  8. "First Contact" is a musical album of Sakis Gouzonis.
  9. "First Contact" is a musical album of Viking Galaxy.
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  10. "First Contact" is a musical EP of Outline.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  11. "First Contact" is a musical EP of Create, Control.
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  12. "First Contact" is a musical album of Psyside.
    • released in (13 years ago)


  1. First contact is a common science fiction theme about the first meeting between humans and extraterrestrial life, or of any sentient race's first encounter with another one.
    • also known as Первый контакт (фантастика), 第一次接触
  2. First Contact is a three-part Australian reality TV documentary series on SBS. It documents the journey of six Australians who are challenged about their perceptions of Indigenous Australians. The principal filming locations are in Western Australia, the state which has the largest population of Aboriginal people.
    • begun on and completed on
    • 3 episodes of 60 minutes each
    • country: Australia
  3. First contact is a term describing the first meeting of two cultures previously unaware of one another. One notable example of first contact is that between the Spanish and the Arawak in 1492.
    • also known as 第一次接触

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Google previewExperimental Robotics IX (2006)

The 9th International Symposium on Experimental Robotics by Marcelo H. Ang, Oussama Khatib

The first contact is a vertex-face contact, starting at measurement 1 and ending at measurement 946. Sub-figures a and E2 show the evolution of the estimated parameters of the face and the vertex, respectively. Sub-figure R\ visualizes the ...

Google previewEclipse '99 (1999)

Capture it on Film by H.J.P Arnold

The moment when the Moon first touches the solar disc is called first contact. Amongst keen astronomers and eclipse chasers (with all filters and other viewing aids firmly in position) ...

Google previewSoft-Tissue Manipulation (1987)

A Practitioner's Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Soft-Tissue Dysfunction and Reflex Activity by Leon Chaitow

The first contact is a gliding, light-pressured movement of the medial tip of the right thumb, from the mastoid process along the nuchal line to the external occipital protuberance. This same stroke, or glide, is then repeated with deeper pressure.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Automotive Engineering (2015)

by David Crolla

point will be the first contact of the strut on the ring. The zero point implies maximum strut length, maximum ring lug thickness, and maximum gage point offset. On the other extreme, the last contact point implies ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Science Fiction (2015)

Stories ofthis type wereparticularly common inthe magazine AstoundingScience Fiction, where " First Contact" ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Indian Literature (2015)

by Jennifer McClinton-Temple, Alan Velie

Identity hasbeenproblematic for FirstNations from thevery first contact experienceand hasremained an essential concern. Depictions ofearly contact represent images thatare still common among Canadians andthe rest ofthe world . Fromearly ...

Google previewThe Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia (2016)

by David Darling , Dirk Schulze-Makuch

first contact The moment at which two intelligent, communicative species, such as humankind and an extraterrestrial race, first encounter one another, either physically or via remote signaling. First contact is a goal ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing (2006)

by Sunggyu Lee

When the mixture is one phase irrespective of the ratio of the oil and gas, the solvent is called first contact mis- cible (FCM) with the oil. This happens with most gases at very high pressures. If the pressure or enrichment is lower, solvents may ...

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So in the sense that we were all dealing with that freer approach, yes, it was certainly one of the first contacts, perhaps the first contact, when Peter came that summer. So it's a very pivotal moment that is documented there. (Evan Parker)
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