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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)

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.

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."