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Definitions of touch

  1. be in direct physical contact with; make contact; "The two buildings touch"; "Their hands touched"; "The wire must not contact the metal cover"; "The surfaces contact at this point" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. make a more or less disguised reference to; "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. dye with a color Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a communicative interaction; "the pilot made contact with the base"; "he got in touch with his colleagues" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the faculty of touch; "only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. tamper with; "Don't touch my CDs!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. be equal to in quality or ability; "Nothing can rival cotton for durability"; "Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues"; "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. to extend as far as, "The sunlight reached the wall";"Can he reach?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin; "she likes the touch of silk on her skin"; "the surface had a greasy feeling" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. a suggestion of some quality; "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a touch of garlic" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. a distinguishing style; "this room needs a woman's touch" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. affect emotionally; "A stirring movie"; "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. the feel of mechanical action; "this piano has a wonderful touch" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. deftness in handling matters; "he has a master's touch" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan); "he watched the beggar trying to make a touch" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. the event of something coming in contact with the body; "he longed for the touch of her hand"; "the cooling touch of the night air" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. a slight attack of illness; "he has a touch of rheumatism" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. comprehend; "He could not touch the meaning of the poem" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. consume; "She didn't touch her food all night" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch the stone for good luck"; "She never touched her husband" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. cause to be in brief contact with; "He touched his toes to the horse's flanks" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  25. perceive via the tactile sense; "Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. deal with; usually used with a form of negation; "I wouldn't touch her with a ten-foot pole"; "The local Mafia won't touch gambling" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  27. have to do with or be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  28. to extend as far as; "The sunlight reached the wall"; "Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  29. To induce to give or lend; to borrow from; as, to touch one for a loan; hence, to steal from. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. A set of changes less than the total possible on seven bells, that is, less than 5,040. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. An act of borrowing or stealing. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. To come in contact with; to hit or strike lightly against; to extend the hand, foot, or the like, so as to reach or rest on. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. To perceive by the sense of feeling. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. To come to; to reach; to attain to. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. To try; to prove, as with a touchstone. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. To relate to; to concern; to affect. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. To handle, speak of, or deal with; to treat of. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. To meddle or interfere with; as, I have not touched the books. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. To affect the senses or the sensibility of; to move; to melt; to soften. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. To mark or delineate with touches; to add a slight stroke to with the pencil or brush. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. To infect; to affect slightly. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. To make an impression on; to have effect upon. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. To perform, as a tune; to play. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. To influence by impulse; to impel forcibly. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. To harm, afflict, or distress. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. To be tangent to. See Tangent, a. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. To lay a hand upon for curing disease. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. To be in contact; to be in a state of junction, so that no space is between; as, two spheres touch only at points. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. To fasten; to take effect; to make impression. Webster Dictionary DB
  50. To be brought, as a sail, so close to the wind that its weather leech shakes. Webster Dictionary DB
  51. The act of touching, or the state of being touched; contact. Webster Dictionary DB
  52. The sense by which pressure or traction exerted on the skin is recognized; the sense by which the properties of bodies are determined by contact; the tactile sense. See Tactile sense, under Tactile. Webster Dictionary DB
  53. Act or power of exciting emotion. Webster Dictionary DB
  54. An emotion or affection. Webster Dictionary DB
  55. Personal reference or application. Webster Dictionary DB
  56. A stroke; as, a touch of raillery; a satiric touch; hence, animadversion; censure; reproof. Webster Dictionary DB
  57. A single stroke on a drawing or a picture. Webster Dictionary DB
  58. Feature; lineament; trait. Webster Dictionary DB
  59. The act of the hand on a musical instrument; bence, in the plural, musical notes. Webster Dictionary DB
  60. A small quantity intermixed; a little; a dash. Webster Dictionary DB
  61. A hint; a suggestion; slight notice. Webster Dictionary DB
  62. A slight and brief essay. Webster Dictionary DB
  63. A touchstone; hence, stone of the sort used for touchstone. Webster Dictionary DB
  64. Hence, examination or trial by some decisive standard; test; proof; tried quality. Webster Dictionary DB
  65. The particular or characteristic mode of action, or the resistance of the keys of an instrument to the fingers; as, a heavy touch, or a light touch; also, the manner of touching, striking, or pressing the keys of a piano; as, a legato touch; a staccato touch. Webster Dictionary DB
  66. The broadest part of a plank worked top and but (see Top and but, under Top, n.), or of one worked anchor-stock fashion (that is, tapered from the middle to both ends); also, the angles of the stern timbers at the counters. Webster Dictionary DB
  67. That part of the field which is beyond the line of flags on either side. Webster Dictionary DB
  68. A boys' game; tag. Webster Dictionary DB
  69. To affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree; to make partially insane; - rarely used except in the past participle. Webster Dictionary DB
  70. To treat anything in discourse, especially in a slight or casual manner; - often with on or upon. Webster Dictionary DB
  71. To compare with; of be equal to; - usually with a negative; as, he held that for good cheer nothing could touch an open fire. Webster Dictionary DB
  72. Tallow; - a plumber's term. Webster Dictionary DB
  73. Sensation or perception by which contact with objects, animate or inanimate, gives evidence as to certain qualities or characteristics. Medical Dictionary DB
  74. To come in contact with; as, to touch something with the hand; to perceive or know by feeling; to handle slightly; to concern; to refer to in a light manner; as in conversation, to touch a subject briefly; add a light stroke to; reach; affect the senses or feelings of; as, an act of kindness will touch a person; meddle with; disturb; injure or hurt; to affect to a slight extent; as, plants touched by frost. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  75. To be in contact; as, the two forms touch; to speak of a subject lightly; with on or upon; as, in the course of his talk, he touched upon the gravity of such an offense; to call at a port; with at. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  76. The act or state of coming or being in contact; contact; sense of feeling; sensation; the manner of action of the hand, as on a musical instrument; as, she has a light touch; the peculiar manner of execution, as of a painting, etc.; as, the touch of an expert; a single stroke on a painting, etc.; close understanding or sympathy; as, in close touch with a friend; a light attack of a disease. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  77. 1. The tactile sense. 2. Digital examination. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  78. To come in contact with: to perceive by feeling: to reach: to relate to: to handle or treat gently or slightly: to move or soften: to influence. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  79. To be in contact with: to speak of anything slightly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  80. Act of touching: a movement on a musical instrument: sense of feeling: an affection or emotion: a little: (music) resistance of the keys of an instrument to the fingers. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  81. Contact; sense of feeling; a little; marks of pencil or brush on a picture; manipulation of an artist. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  82. To come into contact with; perceive by feeling; reach to; relate to; influence; affect. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  83. To be in or come into contact with, as with the hand; reach; strike; play upon. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  84. To affect with tender feeling. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  85. To relate to; concern. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  86. To be in contact. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  87. A touching; contact. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  88. The sense that gives the impression of contact. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  89. Any slight effort or effect, as of brush or pen. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  90. Accord; sympathy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  91. Contact; the junction of two bodies at the surface so that there is no space between them; the sense of feeling; the act of touching; test; tried qualities; the single set of a pencil, &c.; feature; act of the hand on a musical instrument; an affection; a stroke; the resistance of the keys of an instrument to the fingers. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  92. To come in contact with; to perceive by the sense of feeling; to come to; to reach; to try; to concern; to handle slightly; to meddle with; to affect; to move; to soften; to delineate slightly; to strike; to be in contact with. To touch up, to repair. To touch the wind, to keep near it. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  93. To be in contact; to be in a state of junction; to treat of slightly in discourse. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  94. To strike; to manipulate; to play on; as, to touch an instrument of music. Webster Dictionary DB
  95. To come close to or in contact with; to perceive by the sense of feeling; to handle slightly; to put the hand, finger, foot, or other part on or against; to arrive at; to meddle with; to rub or strike against; to soften; to make an impression on, as the heart; to be in a state of contact; to take effect; to treat of slightly in a discourse. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  96. The contact of two bodies at the surface; the sense of feeling; that by which anything is examined; the act of putting the hand, finger, or other on or against; a single act of a pencil upon the pictures being painted; a stroke; slight notice quantity intermixed. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  97. To affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree; to make partially insane; -- rarely used except in the past participle. mso.anu.edu.au
  98. To treat anything in discourse, especially in a slight or casual manner; -- often with on or upon. mso.anu.edu.au
  99. To affect the senses or the sensibility of; to move; to melt; to soften; especially, to cause feelings of pity, compassion, sympathy, or gratitude in. dictgcide_fs
  100. To affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree; to make partially insane; rarely used except in the past participle. dictgcide_fs
  101. To compare with; to be equal to; usually with a negative; as, he held that for good cheer nothing could touch an open fire. dictgcide_fs
  102. To treat anything in discourse, especially in a slight or casual manner; often with on or upon. dictgcide_fs
  103. Tallow; a plumber's term. dictgcide_fs
  104. tuch, v.t. to come in contact with: to perceive by feeling: to reach: to relate to: to handle or treat gently or slightly, as in 'to touch the hat,' &c.: to take, taste: to move or soften: to influence: to move to pity: to taint: (slang) to cheat: to lay the hand upon for the purpose of curing scrofula or king's evil--a practice that ceased only with the accession of the House of Brunswick.--v.i. to be in contact with: to make a passing call: to speak of anything slightly: (prov.) to salute by touching the cap.--n. act of touching: a movement on a musical instrument, skill or nicety in such, a musical note or strain: any impression conveyed by contact, a hint, a slight sound: a stroke with a pen, brush, &c.: a tinge, smack, trace, a slight degree of a thing: sense of feeling, contact, close sympathy, harmony: peculiar or characteristic manner: a style of anything at a certain expenditure: a touchstone, test.--adj. TOUCH'ABLE, capable of being touched.--n. TOUCH'ABLENESS, the state or quality of being touchable.--adj. TOUCH'-AND-GO, of uncertain issue, ticklish, difficult.--ns. TOUCH'-BACK, the act of touching the football to the ground behind the player's own goal when it has been kicked by an opponent; TOUCH'-BOX, a box containing tinder, which used to be carried by soldiers armed with matchlocks; TOUCH'-DOWN, the touching to the ground of a football by a player behind the opponents' goal; TOUCH'ER; TOUCH'-HOLE, the small hole of a cannon through which the fire is communicated to the charge.--adv. TOUCH'ILY, in a touchy manner: peevishly.--n. TOUCH'INESS, the quality of being touchy: peevishness: irritability.--adj. TOUCH'ING, affecting: moving: pathetic.--prep. concerning: with regard to.--adv. TOUCH'INGLY.--ns. TOUCH'INGNESS; TOUCH'-ME-NOT, a plant of genus Impatiens: lupus; TOUCH'-NEE'DLE, a small bar or needle of gold for testing articles of the same metal by comparing the streaks they make on a touchstone with those made by the needle; TOUCH'-P[=A]'PER, paper steeped in saltpetre for firing a train of powder, &c.; TOUCH'PIECE, a coin or medal formerly given by English sovereigns to those whom they touched for the cure of the king's evil; TOUCH'STONE, a kind of compact basalt or stone for testing gold or silver by the streak of the touch-needle: any test; TOUCH'WOOD, some soft combustible material, as amadou, used as tinder.--adj. TOUCH'Y, irritable: peevish.--TOUCH UP, to improve by a series of small touches, to elaborate, embellish.--A NEAR TOUCH, a close shave. [Fr. toucher--from Old High Ger. zucchen (Ger. zucken), to move, to draw.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  105. [Latin] The act of placing the hand or other part of the body in contact with an object so as to gain an impression of its position, size, and consistence. na
  106. [Latin] Specifically, examination made by t. or with the finger; digital exploration; as Abdominal t., Vaginal t., Rectal t., Vesical t. na
  107. [Latin] The sense by which contact with bodies affords us evidence as to their physical properties, and, more particularly, as to their position, form, size, and consistence. Effected by the sensory nerves of the skin, which terminate in peculiar organs (Touch-corpuscles; see Corpuscle) in which their axis-cylinders divide, forming bulbous enlargements (Touch-cells). na
  108. Be separated at one or more points by no intervening space or object from (thing &c.), be in or come into contact with, bring part of body esp. hand into contact with, establish this relation towards (thing with one\'s hand, stick, &c.), cause (two things) to come into contact, (of two things) be in contact, as two rocks t. (each other) at the bases, you are touching wet paint, t. pitch, have to do with shady transaction or person, he touched me on the shoulder, t. the table with your stick, wouldn\'t t. him (unpleasant person) with a barge-pole, just touched them together& they cracked, I never touched him (hostilely), can just t. bottom (of water with toes), t. BOTTOM, touched his hat (as salutation), was touched by the king (to cure KING\'S evil), t. wood (to propitiate Nemesis after boasting &c.); (Geom.) be a tangent to (circle &c.); apply slight force to, as he touched (rang) the bell; strike (keys, strings, of musical instrument), strike keys or strings of; delineate, mark lightly, put in, (features &c.) with brush, pencil, &c.; reach, as can just t. the ceiling, (fig.) approach in excellence &c., as no one can t. him in light comedy, in the spot barred game, for purity of style; affect with tender feeling, soften, as it touched me to the heart, was visibly touched by her appeal; rouse painful or angry feeling in, as touched him home, touched him to the quick, = touched him on a raw or tender place (also lit.); treat of (subject) lightly or in passing; concern, as the question touches you nearly; (chiefly neg.) have to do with, as refuses to t. (risk capital in) breweries, dare not t. (drink) beer; injure slightly, as flowers are a little touched with the east wind; (p.p.) slightly crazy; affect slightly, modify, as morality touched with emotion; (neg.) produce slightest effect on, cope with, as brass polish won\'t t. these candlesticks, couldn\'t t. the algebra paper; t. at (naut.), call at (port &c.); t. down (football), t. ball on ground behind own goal to prevent opponent\'s doing so; t. on or upon, treat (subject) briefly; t. off, make (sketch) hastily, make hasty sketch of, (also) discharge (cannon); t. up, correct, give finishing touches to (picture, writing, &c.), strike (horse) with whip, jog (memory). Hence touchable a. [Middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  109. Act or fact of touching, contact, as gave him a t., felt a t. on my arm, royal t. (for KING\'S evil); sense by which contact is perceived, whence touchless a.; light stroke with pencil, brush, &c. in drawing &c., as added a few tt., finishing tt., (often fig. of writing, management of business, &c.); small amount, slight tinge or trace, as wants a t. of salt, an occasional t. of irony, felt a t. of rheumatism; performer\'s manner of touching keys or strings of musical instrument, manner or degree in which keys &c. respond to this, manner or style of workmanship in carving &c. or in writing, as has a light or firm t. on piano, piano is wanting in t., writer has light t. (produces required effect simply, without laboured emphasis, &c.); mental correspondence, sympathy, communication, esp. keep in t., remain in sympathy or not cease from correspondence or personal intercourse (with); magnetization of steel bar by repeated contact with magnet; (archaic) touchstone, test, as put it to the t.; near t., close shave, narrow escape; (medieval) exploration of organs &c. by sense of t.; (Footb.) part of field outside the side limits (t.-lines) & between goal-lines produced, t.-in-goal, each of the four outside corners enclosed by t.-lines& goal-lines, t.-down, touching down (as in prec.); t.-&-go, (adj.) of uncertain event, risky, placed in risky circumstances, as it was t.-&-go whether we got past, a t.-&-go business, we were t.-&-go all the time, (n.) such situation; t.-body, -corpuscle, (concerned in sense of t.); t.-hole, small hole in cannon by which it is fired; t.-last, children\'s game; t.-needle, needle of gold alloy of known composition used as standard in testing other alloys on touchstone; t.-paper (steeped in nitre, for firing gunpowder &c.); touchstone, fine-grained dark schist or jasper used for testing alloys of gold &c., (fig.) standard, criterion; touchwood, soft substance into which wood is changed by some fungi, used as tinder. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  110. (pop.) ex hibition of feeling with which others sympa thize (f. misinterpretation of Shaksp., T. & C. III. iii. 175). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  111. The sense by which contact gives evidence as to their qualities; tactile sense. American pocket medical dictionary.
  112. Palpation with the finger. American pocket medical dictionary.
  113. The act, sense, or function of judging of the presence or character of external objects by means of direct contact with some part of the skin. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  114. See Bell-ringing. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  115. n. Act of touching ; meeting of two bodies ; superficial junction ; contact ;-the sense of feeling or common sensation, one of the five senses;- act of handling; examination by a stone or other standard: test;-proof; tried and ascertained quality or worth ;-a single stroke on a drawing or picture ; -feature; lineament:-a small quantity intermixed; a little ;-a hint ; suggestion hence, a slight effort or essay;-power of exciting the affections;-personal reference or application ; hit ;-animadversion ; censure;-in music, the resistance of the keys of an instrument to the pressure of the fingers ;-also, the manner of touching, striking, or pressing the keys of a pianoforte; individual style of execution. Cabinet Dictionary

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