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Definition of "touch" []

  • To cause or permit a part of the body, especially the hand or fingers, to come in contact with so as to feel: reached out and touched the smooth stone. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring something into light contact with: touched the sore spot with a probe. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring (one thing) into light contact with something else: grounded the radio by touching a wire to it; touching fire to a fuse. (verb-transitive)
  • To press or push lightly; tap: touched a control to improve the TV picture; touched 19 on the phone to get room service. (verb-transitive)
  • To lay hands on in violence: I never touched him! (verb-transitive)
  • The sense by which the texture and other qualities of objects can be experienced when they come in contact with a part of the body surface, esp the tips of the fingers (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The quality of an object as perceived by this sense; feel; feeling (noun)
  • The act or an instance of something coming into contact with the body (noun)
  • A gentle push, tap, or caress (noun)
  • A small amount; hint (noun)
  • A noticeable effect; influence (noun)
  • Any slight stroke or mark (noun)
  • Characteristic manner or style (noun)
  • A detail of some work, esp a literary or artistic work (noun)
  • A slight attack, as of a disease (noun)
  • A specific ability or facility (noun)
  • The state of being aware of a situation or in contact with someone (noun)
  • The state of being in physical contact (noun)
  • A trial or test (esp in the phrase put to the touch) (noun)
  • The area outside the touchlines, beyond which the ball is out of play (esp in the phrase in touch) (noun)
  • An official stamp on metal indicating standard purity (noun)
  • The die stamp used to apply this mark (noun)
  • A scoring hit in competitive fencing (noun)
  • An estimate of the amount of gold in an alloy as obtained by use of a touchstone (noun)
  • The technique of fingering a keyboard instrument (noun)
  • The quality of the action of a keyboard instrument with regard to the relative ease with which the keys may be depressed (noun)
  • Any series of changes where the permutations are fewer in number than for a peal (noun)
  • The act of asking for money as a loan or gift, often by devious means (noun)
  • The money received in this way (noun)
  • A person asked for money in this way (noun)
  • To cause or permit a part of the body to come into contact with (verb)
  • To tap, feel, or strike, esp with the hand (verb)
  • To come or cause (something) to come into contact with (something else) (verb)
  • To be in contact (verb)
  • To take hold of (a person or thing), esp in violence (verb)
  • To be adjacent to (each other) (verb)
  • To move or disturb by handling (verb)
  • To have an effect on (verb)
  • To produce an emotional response in (verb)
  • To affect; concern (verb)
  • To partake of, eat, or drink (verb)
  • To handle or deal with (verb)
  • To allude (to) briefly or in passing (verb)
  • To tinge or tint slightly (verb)
  • To spoil or injure slightly (verb)
  • To mark, as with a brush or pen (verb)
  • To compare to in quality or attainment; equal or match (verb)
  • To reach or attain (verb)
  • To dock or stop briefly (verb)
  • To ask for a loan or gift of money from (verb)
  • To finger (the keys or strings of an instrument) (verb)
  • To play (a tune, piece of music, etc) in this way (verb)

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Use "touch" in a sentence
  • "It seemed to take him a long time to touch bottom, and when he had, he wondered if _touch_ was quite the word."
  • "By means of the nerves terminating in the touch corpuscles, the skin serves as the _organ of touch_, or feeling"
  • ""So brilliant," said she, "so short-lived, as my friend Lady Emmeline K---- once said, 'London wit is like gas, which lights at a touch, and at a touch can be extinguished;'" and Lady Davenant concluded with a compliment to him who was known to have this "_touch and go_" of good conversation to perfection."