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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"
  2. make a more or less disguised reference to; " He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"
  3. dye with a color
  4. a communicative interaction; " the pilot made contact with the base"; " he got in touch with his colleagues"
  5. tamper with; " Don't touch my CDs!"
  6. 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"
  7. to extend as far as, " The sunlight reached the wall";" Can he reach?"
  8. the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin; " she likes the touch of silk on her skin"; " the surface had a greasy feeling"
  9. a slight but appreciable addition; " this dish could use a touch of garlic"
  10. affect emotionally; " A stirring movie"; " I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy"
  11. the act of putting two things together with no space between them; " at his touch the room filled with lights"
  12. the feel of mechanical action; " this piano has a wonderful touch"
  13. deftness in handling matters; " he has a master's touch"
  14. the act of soliciting money ( as a gift or loan); " he watched the beggar trying to make a touch"
  15. 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"
  16. a slight attack of illness; " he has a touch of rheumatism"
  17. comprehend; " He could not touch the meaning of the poem"
  18. consume; " She didn't touch her food all night"
  19. make physical contact with, come in contact with; " Touch the stone for good luck"; " She never touched her husband"
  20. cause to be in brief contact with; " He touched his toes to the horse's flanks"
  21. perceive via the tactile sense; " Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her"
  22. 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"
  23. have to do with or be relevant to; " There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; " My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
  24. to extend as far as; " The sunlight reached the wall"; " Can he reach?" " The chair must not touch the wall"
  25. To induce to give or lend; to borrow from; as, to touch one for a loan; hence, to steal from.
  26. A set of changes less than the total possible on seven bells, that is, less than 5, 040.
  27. An act of borrowing or stealing.
  28. 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.
  29. To perceive by the sense of feeling.
  30. To come to; to reach; to attain to.
  31. To try; to prove, as with a touchstone.
  32. To relate to; to concern; to affect.
  33. To handle, speak of, or deal with; to treat of.
  34. To meddle or interfere with; as, I have not touched the books.
  35. To affect the senses or the sensibility of; to move; to melt; to soften.
  36. To mark or delineate with touches; to add a slight stroke to with the pencil or brush.
  37. To infect; to affect slightly.
  38. To make an impression on; to have effect upon.
  39. To perform, as a tune; to play.
  40. To influence by impulse; to impel forcibly.
  41. To harm, afflict, or distress.
  42. To be tangent to. See Tangent, a.
  43. To lay a hand upon for curing disease.
  44. To be in contact; to be in a state of junction, so that no space is between; as, two spheres touch only at points.
  45. To fasten; to take effect; to make impression.
  46. To be brought, as a sail, so close to the wind that its weather leech shakes.
  47. The act of touching, or the state of being touched; contact.
  48. 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.
  49. Act or power of exciting emotion.
  50. An emotion or affection.
  51. Personal reference or application.
  52. A stroke; as, a touch of raillery; a satiric touch; hence, animadversion; censure; reproof.
  53. A single stroke on a drawing or a picture.
  54. Feature; lineament; trait.
  55. The act of the hand on a musical instrument; bence, in the plural, musical notes.
  56. A small quantity intermixed; a little; a dash.
  57. A hint; a suggestion; slight notice.
  58. A slight and brief essay.
  59. A touchstone; hence, stone of the sort used for touchstone.
  60. Hence, examination or trial by some decisive standard; test; proof; tried quality.
  61. 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.
  62. 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.
  63. That part of the field which is beyond the line of flags on either side.
  64. A boys' game; tag.
  65. To affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree; to make partially insane; - rarely used except in the past participle.
  66. To treat anything in discourse, especially in a slight or casual manner; - often with on or upon.
  67. To compare with; of be equal to; - usually with a negative; as, he held that for good cheer nothing could touch an open fire.
  68. Tallow; - a plumber's term.
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. To be in contact with: to speak of anything slightly.
  74. 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.
  75. Contact; sense of feeling; a little; marks of pencil or brush on a picture; manipulation of an artist.
  76. To come into contact with; perceive by feeling; reach to; relate to; influence; affect.
  77. To be in or come into contact with, as with the hand; reach; strike; play upon.
  78. To affect with tender feeling.
  79. To relate to; concern.
  80. To be in contact.
  81. A touching; contact.
  82. The sense that gives the impression of contact.
  83. Any slight effort or effect, as of brush or pen.
  84. Accord; sympathy.
  85. 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.
  86. 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.
  87. To be in contact; to be in a state of junction; to treat of slightly in discourse.
  88. To strike; to manipulate; to play on; as, to touch an instrument of music.
  89. 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.
  90. 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.
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Usage examples for touch

  1. Will that touch you? – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  2. I don't dare touch on that side of things." – The Red Planet by William J. Locke
  3. You shall not go back, they shall not touch you. – Six Women by Victoria Cross
  4. If, he added, with a touch of doubt, you still feel like going into it, I mean. – The Adventures of Sally by P. G. Wodehouse
  5. You didn't want me to touch you, the night when I came to your office, when you were working on that case. – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  6. Better not touch it. – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  7. How, then, is the writer to get in touch with them? – Writing for Vaudeville by Brett Page
  8. Jake told me not long since my touch wasn't light. – Partners of the Out-Trail by Harold Bindloss
  9. I keep in touch with the girls. – A People's Man by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  10. Don't dare touch my things! – The Cry at Midnight by Mildred A. Wirt
  11. I'll not touch her letter. – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  12. No, sir, no; it is as much as my place is worth to let him see me touch your money. – Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  13. Too respectable to touch! – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  14. It was well known that the two men were in close touch. – William Pitt and the Great War by John Holland Rose
  15. He did not touch upon ways and means. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  16. More than once a boy has said to one of us, What am I to do to get into touch with my father? – The School and the World by Victor Gollancz and David Somervell
  17. They'll never touch you with the spurs again! – Bull Hunter by Max Brand
  18. I only wanted to feel you- touch your hand." – The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey
  19. Then he put his fortune to the touch. – The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley
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