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touch  (tch)
v. touched, touch·ing, touch·es
1. 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.
a. To bring something into light contact with: touched the sore spot with a probe.
b. To bring (one thing) into light contact with something else: grounded the radio by touching a wire to it; touching fire to a fuse.
3. To press or push lightly; tap: touched a control to improve the TV picture; touched 19 on the phone to get room service.
4. To lay hands on in violence: I never touched him!
5. To eat or drink; taste: She didnt touch her food.
6. To disturb or move by handling: Just dont touch anything in my room!
a. To meet without going beyond; adjoin: the ridge where his property touches mine.
b. Mathematics To be tangent to.
c. To come up to; reach: when the thermometer touches 90°.
d. To match in quality; equal: Rival artists cant touch her work at its best.
8. To deal with, especially in passing; treat briefly or allusively: some remarks touching recent events.
9. To be pertinent to; concern: environmental problems that touch us all.
10. To affect the emotions of; move to tender response: an appeal that touched us deeply.
11. To injure slightly: plants touched by frost.
12. To color slightly; tinge: a white petal touched with pink.
a. To draw with light strokes.
b. To change or improve by adding fine lines or strokes.
14. To stamp (tested metal).
15. Slang To wheedle a loan or handout from: touched a friend for five dollars.
a. Archaic To strike or pluck the keys or strings of (a musical instrument).
b. To play (a musical piece).
1. To touch someone or something.
2. To be or come into contact: Dont let the live wires touch.
1. The act or an instance of touching.
2. The physiological sense by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body.
3. A sensation experienced in touching something with a characteristic texture: felt the touch of snowflakes on her face.
4. A light push; a tap: an electric switch that requires just a touch.
5. A discernible mark or effect left by contact with something.
6. A small change or addition, or the effect achieved by it: Candlelight provided just the right touch.
7. A suggestion, hint, or tinge: a touch of jealousy.
8. A mild attack: a touch of the flu.
9. A small amount; a dash: a touch of paprika.
a. A manner or technique of striking the keys of a keyboard instrument: He played briskly with a light touch.
b. The resistance to pressure characteristic of the keys of a keyboard: an old piano with uneven touch.
11. An ability to propel a ball a desired distance: a golfer with no touch around the green.
12. A facility; a knack: retained his touch as a carpenter in his retirement.
13. A characteristic way of doing things: recognized my friends touch in the choice of the card.
14. The state of being in contact or communication: kept in touch with several classmates; out of touch with current trends.
15. An official stamp indicating the quality of a metal product.
16. Slang
a. The act of approaching someone for a loan or handout.
b. A prospect for a loan or handout: a generous person, a soft touch for beggars.
17. Sports The area just outside the sidelines in soccer or just outside and including the sidelines in Rugby.
Phrasal Verbs:
touch down
To make contact with the ground; land: The spacecraft touched down on schedule.
touch off
1. To cause to explode; fire.
2. To initiate; trigger: disclosures that touched off a public uproar.
3. To describe or portray with deft precision.
touch on/upon
1. To deal with (a topic) in passing.
2. To pertain to; concern.
3. To approach being; verge on: frenzy that touched on clinical insanity.
touch up
To improve by making minor corrections, changes, or additions.
touch base/bases Informal
To renew a line of communication: He went out of his way to touch base with a broad cross section of . . . residents (George B. Merry).

[Middle English touchen, from Old French touchier, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *toccre.]

toucha·ble adj.
toucha·ble·ness n.
toucher n.
Synonyms: touch, feel, finger, handle, palpate1, paw
These verbs mean to bring the hands or fingers into contact with so as to give or receive a physical sensation: gently touched my hand; felt the runners pulse; fingered the worry beads; handle a bolt of fabric; palpates the patients abdomen; fans who pawed the celebritys arm. See Also Synonyms at affect1.

touch  /tt/  v. -es 1 [T] to feel with the skin, esp. with the hand: The doctor touched the patients stomach to feel for problems. 2 [I;T] to make contact: The bookcase is touching the wall.||Two passengers touched as they entered the train. 3 [T] to evoke emotion, move s.o. to tears, laughter, sorrow, etc.: The sad music touched me and made me feel blue. 4 [T] to use, act on: to touch ones food, alcohol, etc. 5 [T] to match, compare with: Nothing touches our schools basketball team. 6 to touch base: to communicate informally with s.o., esp. about a project or concern of mutual interest: (on the telephone) Hi Ram?n, Im calling to touch base with you on the sales report due next week. 7 phrasal v. [I] to touch down: to land an aircraft: Our plane touched down at San Francisco airport in a smooth landing. 8 phrasal v. insep. [T] to touch on s.t.: to speak about briefly: In our discussion, we touched on the subject of price. 9 phrasal v. sep. [T] to touch s.t. off: a. to start, (syn.) to instigate: Food shortages touched off rioting. b. to start, (syn.) to initiate: A spark touched off an explosion of a gas leak. 10 phrasal v. sep. [T] to touch s.t. up: to make minor improvements: A worker touched up bare spots on the wall with paint.
n. -es 1 [U] skin sensation: The patient felt the touch of the doctors hand. 2 [C] physical contact: The touch of her hand calmed him down. 3 [C] a small amount: Put a touch of salt in the soup. 4 [C] skillfulness: That nurse has a good touch with inserting a needle. 5 in touch: communication between people: She stays in touch with her parents by telephoning them every week. 6 [C] the finishing touch: a detail, last preparation 7 infrml to be a soft touch: soft-hearted, responsive to the troubles of others, esp. in giving money: He is such a soft touch that he cannot pass a beggar on the street without giving some money. 8 to have the touch: to have finesse, skillfulness: She has the touch for making money.||He has the touch for making good bread.

Thesaurus: touch v.1 to feel | finger 2 to come in contact with s.o. or s.t. | meet, join | abut frml. 3 to affect, move, stir (the emotions) 5 to equal, rival. touch

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