Definition of Touch
1. Noun. The event of something coming in contact with the body. "The cooling touch of the night air"
Generic synonyms: Contact, Impinging, Striking
Specialized synonyms: Brush, Light Touch, Stroke
2. Verb. Make physical contact with, come in contact with. "She never touched her husband"
Also: Touch Down
Derivative terms: Toucher, Touching
3. Noun. The faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands). "Only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us"
Generic synonyms: Exteroception, Somatosense
Group relationships: Somaesthesia, Somaesthesis, Somataesthesis, Somatesthesia, Somatic Sense, Somatic Sensory System, Somatosensory System, Somesthesia, Somesthesis
4. Verb. Perceive via the tactile sense. "Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her"
5. Noun. A suggestion of some quality. "He detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
6. Verb. Affect emotionally. "The performance is likely to touch Sue"; "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy"
Generic synonyms: Affect, Impress, Move, Strike
Specialized synonyms: Get
Derivative terms: Stir, Stirring
Also: Stir Up
7. Noun. A distinguishing style. "This room needs a woman's touch"
Generic synonyms: Fashion, Manner, Mode, Style, Way
Specialized synonyms: Common Touch
8. Verb. Be relevant to. "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
Related verbs: Advert, Allude
Specialized synonyms: Center, Center On, Concentrate On, Focus On, Revolve About, Revolve Around, Apply, Go For, Hold, Affect, Involve, Regard, Interest, Matter To
Derivative terms: Pertinence, Pertinency, Pertinent, Reference
9. Noun. The act of putting two things together with no space between them. "At his touch the room filled with lights"
Generic synonyms: Act, Deed, Human Action, Human Activity
Specialized synonyms: Contact, Physical Contact, Dab, Pat, Tap, Hit, Hitting, Striking, Dig, Jab, Kiss, Buss, Kiss, Osculation, Catch, Grab, Snap, Snatch, Handling, Manipulation, Fingering, Grope, Palpation, Tactual Exploration, Tickle, Tickling, Titillation, Stroke, Stroking, Tag, Lap, Lick, Grazing, Shaving, Skimming
10. Verb. Be in direct physical contact with; make contact. "His fields touch mine at this point"; "The surfaces contact at this point"
Specialized synonyms: Cover, Spread Over, Adhere, Cleave, Cling, Cohere, Stick, Chafe, Fray, Fret, Rub, Scratch, Attach, Hug, Abut, Adjoin, Border, Butt, Butt Against, Butt On, Edge, March, Border, Environ, Ring, Skirt, Surround, Lean Against, Lean On, Rest On
Related verbs: Converge, Meet
Derivative terms: Adjunction, Adjunctive, Contact, Contact, Contact
11. Noun. A slight but appreciable amount. "This dish could use a touch of garlic"
Generic synonyms: Small Indefinite Amount, Small Indefinite Quantity
Specialized synonyms: Snuff
12. Verb. Have an effect upon. "Will the new rules affect me?"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Strike A Blow, Repercuss, Tell On, Redound, Excite, Stimulate, Process, Treat, Hydrolise, Hydrolize, Color, Colour, Distort, Tinge, Endanger, Expose, Peril, Queer, Scupper, Hit, Strike, Subject, Bother, Discommode, Disoblige, Incommode, Inconvenience, Put Out, Trouble, Act Upon, Influence, Work, Slam-dunk
Derivative terms: Impact, Impact
13. Noun. A communicative interaction. "He got in touch with his colleagues"
14. Verb. Deal with; usually used with a form of negation. "The local Mafia won't touch gambling"
15. Noun. A slight attack of illness. "He has a touch of rheumatism"
16. Verb. Cause to be in brief contact with. "He touched his toes to the horse's flanks"
17. Noun. The act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan). "He watched the beggar trying to make a touch"
18. Verb. To extend as far as. "The chair must not touch the wall"
Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Reach Into
Derivative terms: Reach
Also: Reach Into, Reach Out
19. Noun. The sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin. "The surface had a greasy feeling"
Generic synonyms: Perception
Specialized synonyms: Creepiness, Cutaneous Sensation, Haptic Sensation, Skin Sensation
Derivative terms: Feel
20. Verb. Be equal to in quality or ability. "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"
Related verbs: Equal, Equalise, Equalize, Equate, Match
Generic synonyms: Compete, Contend, Vie
Derivative terms: Equal, Match
21. Noun. Deftness in handling matters. "He has a master's touch"
Specialized synonyms: Capstone, Copestone, Finishing Touch
22. Verb. Tamper with. "Don't touch my CDs!"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Upset, Violate
Derivative terms: Disturbance
23. Noun. The feel of mechanical action. "This piano has a wonderful touch"
24. Verb. Make a more or less disguised reference to. "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"
Generic synonyms: Hint, Suggest
Entails: Denote, Refer
Related verbs: Bear On, Come To, Concern, Have-to Doe With, Pertain, Refer, Relate, Touch On
Derivative terms: Allusion, Allusive
25. Verb. Comprehend. "He could not touch the meaning of the poem"
26. Verb. Consume. "They touch more bread"; "She didn't touch her food all night"
Generic synonyms: Consume, Have, Ingest, Take, Take In
Specialized synonyms: Receive
27. Verb. Color lightly. "The leaves were tinged red in November"
Specialized synonyms: Henna, Tincture, Complexion
Generic synonyms: Color, Color In, Colorise, Colorize, Colour, Colour In, Colourise, Colourize
Derivative terms: Tincture, Tinge, Tint, Tinter, Tinting
Definition of Touch
1. v. t. 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.
2. v. i. To be in contact; to be in a state of junction, so that no space is between; as, two spheres touch only at points.
3. n. The act of touching, or the state of being touched; contact.
4. v. t. To compare with; of be equal to; -- usually with a negative; as, he held that for good cheer nothing could touch an open fire.
5. n. A set of changes less than the total possible on seven bells, that is, less than 5,040.
Definition of Touch
1. Verb. Primarily physical senses. ¹
2. Verb. Primarily non-physical senses. ¹
3. Noun. An act of touching, especially with the hand or finger. ¹
4. Noun. The faculty or sense of perception by physical contact. ¹
5. Noun. The style or technique with which one plays a musical instrument. ¹
6. Noun. A distinguishing feature or characteristic. ¹
7. Noun. A little bit; a small amount. ¹
8. Noun. The part of a sports field beyond the touchlines or goal-lines. ¹
9. Noun. A relationship of close communication or understanding. ¹
10. Noun. An ability to perform a task ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Touch
1. to be in or come into contact with [v -ED, -ING, -ES]
Medical Definition of Touch
1. 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. "Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear Touched lightly." (Milton)
2. To perceive by the sense of feeling. "Nothing but body can be touched or touch." (Greech)
3. To come to; to reach; to attain to. "The god, vindictive, doomed them never more- Ah, men unblessed! to touch their natal shore." (Pope)
4. To try; to prove, as with a touchstone. "Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed." (Shak)
5. To relate to; to concern; to affect. "The quarrel toucheth none but us alone." (Shak)
6. To handle, speak of, or deal with; to treat of. "Storial thing that toucheth gentilesse." (Chaucer)
7. To meddle or interfere with; as, I have not touched the books.
8. To affect the senses or the sensibility of; to move; to melt; to soften. "What of sweet before Hath touched my sense, flat seems to this and harsh." (Milton) "The tender sire was touched with what he said." (Addison)
9. To mark or delineate with touches; to add a slight stroke to with the pencil or brush. "The lines, though touched but faintly, are drawn right." (Pope)
10. To infect; to affect slightly.
11. To make an impression on; to have effect upon. "Its face . . . So hard that a file will not touch it." (Moxon)
12. To strike; to manipulate; to play on; as, to touch an instrument of music. "[They] touched their golden harps." (Milton)
13. To perform, as a tune; to play. "A person is the royal retinue touched a light and lively air on the flageolet." (Sir W. Scott)
14. To influence by impulse; to impel forcibly. " No decree of mine, . . . [to] touch with lightest moment of impulse his free will,"
15. To harm, afflict, or distress. "Let us make a covenant with thee, that thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee." (Gen. Xxvi. 28, 29)
16. To affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree; to make partially insane; rarely used except in the past participle. "She feared his head was a little touched." (Ld. Lytton)
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Literary usage of Touch
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Psychology: General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1907)
"The tongue is thus seen to be an organ of touch as well as of taste. ough 1 ... D. Sensations of touch The group of 6en- sations popularly classified under ..."
2. Psychology: General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1907)
"Organs of touch the primitive type of sensory surface. sour and saline, ... The tongue is thus seen to be an organ of touch as well as of taste. ough 1 y, ..."
3. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1895)
"touch threshold, as well as that for pain, for different parts of the body, ... He says: " The hairs exhibit the most sensitive touch apparatus of the body, ..."
4. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1910)
"The fact is, that touch depends on so many and such various conditions, ... In relation to phrasing, touch is of two kinds, legato and staccato : in the ..."
5. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"The Sense of touch and its Anomalies The sense of touch (slight contact or delicate pressure) is mediated in the skin chiefly by nerve-beginnings connected ..."