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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. have an effect upon; " Will the new rules affect me?"
  4. dye with a color
  5. a communicative interaction; " the pilot made contact with the base"; " he got in touch with his colleagues"
  6. the faculty of touch; " only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us"
  7. tamper with; " Don't touch my CDs!"
  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"
  9. to extend as far as, " The sunlight reached the wall";" Can he reach?"
  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"
  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"
  12. a slight but appreciable addition; " this dish could use a touch of garlic"
  13. a distinguishing style; " this room needs a woman's touch"
  14. affect emotionally; " A stirring movie"; " I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy"
  15. the act of putting two things together with no space between them; " at his touch the room filled with lights"
  16. the feel of mechanical action; " this piano has a wonderful touch"
  17. deftness in handling matters; " he has a master's touch"
  18. the act of soliciting money ( as a gift or loan); " he watched the beggar trying to make a touch"
  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"
  20. a slight attack of illness; " he has a touch of rheumatism"
  21. comprehend; " He could not touch the meaning of the poem"
  22. consume; " She didn't touch her food all night"
  23. make physical contact with, come in contact with; " Touch the stone for good luck"; " She never touched her husband"
  24. cause to be in brief contact with; " He touched his toes to the horse's flanks"
  25. perceive via the tactile sense; " Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her"
  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"
  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"
  28. to extend as far as; " The sunlight reached the wall"; " Can he reach?" " The chair must not touch the wall"
  29. To induce to give or lend; to borrow from; as, to touch one for a loan; hence, to steal from.
  30. A set of changes less than the total possible on seven bells, that is, less than 5, 040.
  31. An act of borrowing or stealing.
  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.
  33. To perceive by the sense of feeling.
  34. To come to; to reach; to attain to.
  35. To try; to prove, as with a touchstone.
  36. To relate to; to concern; to affect.
  37. To handle, speak of, or deal with; to treat of.
  38. To meddle or interfere with; as, I have not touched the books.
  39. To affect the senses or the sensibility of; to move; to melt; to soften.
  40. To mark or delineate with touches; to add a slight stroke to with the pencil or brush.
  41. To infect; to affect slightly.
  42. To make an impression on; to have effect upon.
  43. To perform, as a tune; to play.
  44. To influence by impulse; to impel forcibly.
  45. To harm, afflict, or distress.
  46. To be tangent to. See Tangent, a.
  47. To lay a hand upon for curing disease.
  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.
  49. To fasten; to take effect; to make impression.
  50. To be brought, as a sail, so close to the wind that its weather leech shakes.
  51. The act of touching, or the state of being touched; contact.
  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.
  53. Act or power of exciting emotion.
  54. An emotion or affection.
  55. Personal reference or application.
  56. A stroke; as, a touch of raillery; a satiric touch; hence, animadversion; censure; reproof.
  57. A single stroke on a drawing or a picture.
  58. Feature; lineament; trait.
  59. The act of the hand on a musical instrument; bence, in the plural, musical notes.
  60. A small quantity intermixed; a little; a dash.
  61. A hint; a suggestion; slight notice.
  62. A slight and brief essay.
  63. A touchstone; hence, stone of the sort used for touchstone.
  64. Hence, examination or trial by some decisive standard; test; proof; tried quality.
  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.
  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.
  67. That part of the field which is beyond the line of flags on either side.
  68. A boys' game; tag.
  69. To affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree; to make partially insane; - rarely used except in the past participle.
  70. To treat anything in discourse, especially in a slight or casual manner; - often with on or upon.
  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.
  72. Tallow; - a plumber's term.
  73. Sensation or perception by which contact with objects, animate or inanimate, gives evidence as to certain qualities or characteristics.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  77. 1. The tactile sense. 2. Digital examination.
  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.
  79. To be in contact with: to speak of anything slightly.
  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.
  81. Contact; sense of feeling; a little; marks of pencil or brush on a picture; manipulation of an artist.
  82. To come into contact with; perceive by feeling; reach to; relate to; influence; affect.
  83. To be in or come into contact with, as with the hand; reach; strike; play upon.
  84. To affect with tender feeling.
  85. To relate to; concern.
  86. To be in contact.
  87. A touching; contact.
  88. The sense that gives the impression of contact.
  89. Any slight effort or effect, as of brush or pen.
  90. Accord; sympathy.
  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.
  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.
  93. To be in contact; to be in a state of junction; to treat of slightly in discourse.
  94. To strike; to manipulate; to play on; as, to touch an instrument of music.
  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.
  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.
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Quotes of touch

  1. Well, developers do want to touch a lot of customers. We have to make our platform very popular in order for them to do that. If we make their jobs easier, then they'll be more likely to stay on the Windows platform. – Jim Allchin
  2. You give us the pitching some of these clubs have and no one could touch us, but God has a way of not arranging that, because it's not as much fun. – Sparky Anderson
  3. It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. – Johannes Sebastian Bach
  4. Touch us gently, Time! Let us glide adown thy stream, Gently, - as we sometimes glide Through a quiet dream! – Barry Cornwall
  5. A corollary is that, when laws are out of touch with the people, those laws can and should be changed- from the most simple local regulations to the highest law of the land, our federal Constitution. – Adrian Cronauer
  6. It is also rarer to find happiness in a man surrounded by the miracles of technology than among people living in the desert of the jungle and who by the standards set by our society would be considered destitute and out of touch – Thor Heyerdahl
  7. I sort of missed one big thing, to touch first base. I hope I didn't act foolish, but this is history. – Mark McGwire
  8. An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non -entity in an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him. – Marshall McLuhan
  9. There is a touch of divinity even in brutes, and a special halo about a horse, that should forever exempt him from indignities. – Herman Melville
  10. I tried so hard with movies like Vertigo and Middle of the Night and others. I felt those would show me that it's only a matter of time before I'd find the right one to reach out and touch people. – Kim Novak
  11. The record company started as an adjunct to that, to give young composers their first recorded performances; to give young musicians their first debut on a recording. These are all things that big record companies would never touch because there is no money in it! – Gunther Schuller
  12. A lot of people put all that stuff on a pedestal, and they won't touch it. But I don't think that's the reason they did that. I think they played that stuff out of pure joy. – Brian Setzer
  13. Being a press secretary is like learning to type: You're hunting and pecking for a while and then you find yourself doing the touch system and don't realize it. You're speaking for the president without ever having to go to him. – Larry Speakes
  14. There are a lot of people who touch the customer. – Roger Staubach
  15. Soul, soul is nothing. Can you see it, smell it, touch it? No. – Dan Totheroh

Usage examples for touch

  1. Better not touch it. – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  2. How, then, is the writer to get in touch with them? – Writing for Vaudeville by Brett Page
  3. 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
  4. I keep in touch with the girls. – A People's Man by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  5. 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
  6. Don't dare touch my things! – The Cry at Midnight by Mildred A. Wirt
  7. They'll never touch you with the spurs again! – Bull Hunter by Max Brand
  8. They would not touch an old woman such as Hanani. – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  9. Will that touch you? – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  10. He did not touch upon ways and means. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  11. Then he put his fortune to the touch – The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley
  12. Too respectable to touch – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  13. I only wanted to feel you- touch your hand." – The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey
  14. I don't dare touch on that side of things." – The Red Planet by William J. Locke
  15. 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
  16. You shall not go back, they shall not touch you. – Six Women by Victoria Cross
  17. I'll not touch her letter. – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  18. 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
  19. It was well known that the two men were in close touch – William Pitt and the Great War by John Holland Rose
  20. Jake told me not long since my touch wasn't light. – Partners of the Out-Trail by Harold Bindloss

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