v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Touched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Touching.]
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.
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.
6.To handle, speak of, or deal with; to treat of.
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; especially, to cause feelings of pity, compassion, sympathy, or gratitude in.
9.To mark or delineate with touches; to add a slight stroke to with the pencil or brush.
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.
13.To perform, as a tune; to play.
14.To influence by impulse; to impel forcibly.
15.To harm, afflict, or distress.
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.
17.(Geom.) To be tangent to. See Tangent, a.
18.To lay a hand upon for curing disease.
19.To compare with; to be equal to; - usually with a negative; as, he held that for good cheer nothing could touch an open fire.
20.To induce to give or lend; to borrow from; as, to touch one for a loan; hence, to steal from.
To touch a sail
(Naut.) to bring it so close to the wind that its weather leech shakes.
To touch the wind
(Naut.) to keep the ship as near the wind as possible.
To touch up
to repair; to improve by touches or emendation.
v. i.1.To be in contact; to be in a state of junction, so that no space is between; as, two spheres touch only at points.
2.To fasten; to take effect; to make impression.
3.To treat anything in discourse, especially in a slight or casual manner; - often with on or upon.
4.(Naut) To be brought, as a sail, so close to the wind that its weather leech shakes.
To touch and go
(Naut.) to touch bottom lightly and without damage, as a vessel in motion.
To touch at
to come or go to, without tarrying; as, the ship touched at Lisbon.
To touch on
a - to come or go to for a short time.
b - to discuss briefly, as only a small part of a discourse.
n.1.The act of touching, or the state of being touched; contact.
Their touch affrights me as a serpent's sting.
- Shak.
2.(Physiol.) 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.
The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine.
- Pope.
3.Act or power of exciting emotion.
4.An emotion or affection.
A true, natural, and a sensible touch of mercy.
- Hooker.
5.Personal reference or application.
6.A stroke; as, a touch of raillery; a satiric touch; hence, animadversion; censure; reproof.
I never bare any touch of conscience with greater regret.
- Eikon Basilike.
7.A single stroke on a drawing or a picture.
8.Feature; lineament; trait.
9.The act of the hand on a musical instrument; bence, in the plural, musical notes.
10.A small quantity intermixed; a little; a dash.
Eyes La touch of Sir Peter Lely in them.
- Hazlitt.
Madam, I have a touch of your condition.
- Shak.
11.A hint; a suggestion; slight notice.
A small touch will put him in mind of them.
- Bacon.
12.A slight and brief essay.
13.A touchstone; hence, stone of the sort used for touchstone.
A neat new monument of touch and alabaster.
- Fuller.
14.Hence, examination or trial by some decisive standard; test; proof; tried quality.
Equity, the true touch of all laws.
- Carew.
Friends of noble touch .
- Shak.
15.(Mus.) 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.
16.(Shipbilding) 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.
17.(Football) That part of the field which is beyond the line of flags on either side.
18.A boys' game; tag.
19.(Change Ringing) A set of changes less than the total possible on seven bells, that is, less than 5,040.
20.An act of borrowing or stealing.
21.Tallow; - a plumber's term.
In touch
a - (Football) outside of bounds.
b - in communication; communicating, once or repeatedly.
- T. Hughes.
To be in touch
a - to be in contact, communication, or in sympathy.
b - to be aware of current events.
To keep touch
a - To be true or punctual to a promise or engagement [Obs.]; hence, to fulfill duly a function.
My mind and senses keep touch and time.
- Sir W. Scott.
Noun1.touch - 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"
Synonyms: touching
2.touch - the faculty of touch; "only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us"
3.touch - a suggestion of some quality; "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
Synonyms: trace, ghost
4.touch - a distinguishing style; "this room needs a woman's touch"
Synonyms: signature
5.touch - the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights"
Synonyms: touching
6.touch - a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a touch of garlic"
Synonyms: mite, soupcon, tinge, jot, hint, pinch, speck
7.touch - a communicative interaction; "the pilot made contact with the base"; "he got in touch with his colleagues"
Synonyms: contact
8.touch - a slight attack of illness; "he has a touch of rheumatism"
Synonyms: spot
9.touch - the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan); "he watched the beggar trying to make a touch"
10.touch - 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.touch - deftness in handling matters; "he has a master's touch"
12.touch - the feel of mechanical action; "this piano has a wonderful touch"
Verb1.touch - make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch the stone for good luck"; "She never touched her husband"
2.touch - perceive via the tactile sense; "Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her"
3.touch - affect emotionally; "A stirring movie"; "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy"
Synonyms: stir
4.touch - have to do with or be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
5.touch - 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"
Synonyms: adjoin, contact, meet
6.touch - have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"
7.touch - 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"
8.touch - cause to be in brief contact with; "He touched his toes to the horse's flanks"
9.touch - to extend as far as; "The sunlight reached the wall"; "Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall"
Synonyms: extend to, reach
10.touch - 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"
Synonyms: rival, equal, match
11.touch - tamper with; "Don't touch my CDs!"
Synonyms: disturb
12.touch - make a more or less disguised reference to; "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"
Synonyms: allude, advert
13.touch - comprehend; "He could not touch the meaning of the poem"
14.touch - consume; "She didn't touch her food all night"
Synonyms: partake
15.touch - dye with a color
Synonyms: bepaint, tinct, tint, tinge
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