touch


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Touch \Touch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Touched; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Touching.] [F. toucher, OF. touchier, tuchier; of Teutonic
   origin; cf. OHG. zucchen, zukken, to twitch, pluck, draw, G.
   zukken, zukken, v. intens. fr. OHG. ziohan to draw, G.
   ziehen, akin to E. tug. See Tuck, v. t., Tug, and cf.
   Tocsin, Toccata.]
   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.
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            Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear
            Touched lightly.                      --Milton.
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   2. To perceive by the sense of feeling.
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            Nothing but body can be touched or touch. --Greech.
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   3. To come to; to reach; to attain to.
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            The god, vindictive, doomed them never more
            Ah, men unblessed! -- to touch their natal shore.
                                                  --Pope.
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   4. To try; to prove, as with a touchstone. [Obs.]
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            Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed. --Shak.
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   5. To relate to; to concern; to affect.
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            The quarrel toucheth none but us alone. --Shak.
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   6. To handle, speak of, or deal with; to treat of.
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            Storial thing that toucheth gentilesse. --Chaucer.
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   7. To meddle or interfere with; as, I have not touched the
      books. --Pope.
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   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.
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            What of sweet before
            Hath touched my sense, flat seems to this and harsh.
                                                  --Milton.
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            The tender sire was touched with what he said.
                                                  --Addison.
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   9. To mark or delineate with touches; to add a slight stroke
      to with the pencil or brush.
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            The lines, though touched but faintly, are drawn
            right.                                --Pope.
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   10. To infect; to affect slightly. --Bacon.
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   11. To make an impression on; to have effect upon.
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             Its face . . . so hard that a file will not touch
             it.                                  --Moxon.
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   12. To strike; to manipulate; to play on; as, to touch an
       instrument of music.
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             [They] touched their golden harps.   --Milton.
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   13. To perform, as a tune; to play.
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             A person is the royal retinue touched a light and
             lively air on the flageolet.         --Sir W.
                                                  Scott.
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   14. To influence by impulse; to impel forcibly. " No decree
       of mine, . . . [to] touch with lightest moment of impulse
       his free will," --Milton.
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   15. To harm, afflict, or distress.
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             Let us make a covenant with thee, that thou wilt do
             us no hurt, as we have not touched thee. --Gen.
                                                  xxvi. 28, 29.
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   16. To affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree;
       to make partially insane; -- rarely used except in the
       past participle.
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             She feared his head was a little touched. --Ld.
                                                  Lytton.
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   17. (Geom.) To be tangent to. See Tangent, a.
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   18. To lay a hand upon for curing disease.
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   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. [Colloq.]
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   20. To induce to give or lend; to borrow from; as, to touch
       one for a loan; hence, to steal from. [Slang]
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Touch \Touch\, n. [Cf. F. touche. See Touch, v. ]
   1. The act of touching, or the state of being touched;
      contact.
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            Their touch affrights me as a serpent's sting.
                                                  --Shak.
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   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.
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            The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine. --Pope.
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   Note: Pure tactile feelings are necessarily rare, since
         temperature sensations and muscular sensations are more
         or less combined with them. The organs of touch are
         found chiefly in the epidermis of the skin and certain
         underlying nervous structures.
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   3. Act or power of exciting emotion.
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            Not alone
            The death of Fulvia, with more urgent touches,
            Do strongly speak to us.              --Shak.
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   4. An emotion or affection.
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            A true, natural, and a sensible touch of mercy.
                                                  --Hooker.
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   5. Personal reference or application. [Obs.]
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            Speech of touch toward others should be sparingly
            used.                                 --Bacon.
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   6. A stroke; as, a touch of raillery; a satiric touch; hence,
      animadversion; censure; reproof.
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            I never bare any touch of conscience with greater
            regret.                               --Eikon
                                                  Basilike.
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   7. A single stroke on a drawing or a picture.
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            Never give the least touch with your pencil till you
            have well examined your design.       --Dryden.
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   8. Feature; lineament; trait.
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            Of many faces, eyes, and hearts,
            To have the touches dearest prized.   --Shak.
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   9. The act of the hand on a musical instrument; bence, in the
      plural, musical notes.
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            Soft stillness and the night
            Become the touches of sweet harmony.  --Shak.
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   10. A small quantity intermixed; a little; a dash.
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             Eyes La touch of Sir Peter Lely in them. --Hazlitt.
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             Madam, I have a touch of your condition. --Shak.
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   11. A hint; a suggestion; slight notice.
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             A small touch will put him in mind of them.
                                                  --Bacon.
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   12. A slight and brief essay. [Colloq.]
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             Print my preface in such form as, in the
             booksellers' phrase, will make a sixpenny touch.
                                                  --Swift.
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   13. A touchstone; hence, stone of the sort used for
       touchstone. [Obs.] " Now do I play the touch." --Shak.
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             A neat new monument of touch and alabaster.
                                                  --Fuller.
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   14. Hence, examination or trial by some decisive standard;
       test; proof; tried quality.
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             Equity, the true touch of all laws.  --Carew.
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             Friends of noble touch .             --Shak.
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   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.
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   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. --J. Knowles.
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   17. (Football) That part of the field which is beyond the
       line of flags on either side. --Encyc. of Rural Sports.
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   18. A boys' game; tag.
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   19. (Change Ringing) A set of changes less than the total
       possible on seven bells, that is, less than 5,040.
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   20. An act of borrowing or stealing. [Slang]
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   21. Tallow; -- a plumber's term. [Eng.]
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   In touch
       (a) (Football), outside of bounds. --T. Hughes.
       (b) in communication; communicating, once or repeatedly.
           

   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.
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                 My mind and senses keep touch and time. --Sir
                                                  W. Scott.
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       (b) To keep in contact; to maintain connection or
           sympathy; -- with with or of. Also

   to keep in touch.

   Touch and go, a phrase descriptive of a narrow escape.

   True as touch (i. e., touchstone), quite true. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Touch \Touch\, 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.
      --Johnson.
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   2. To fasten; to take effect; to make impression. [R.]
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            Strong waters pierce metals, and will touch upon
            gold, that will not touch upon silver. --Bacon.
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   3. To treat anything in discourse, especially in a slight or
      casual manner; -- often with on or upon.
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            If the antiquaries have touched upon it, they
            immediately
            quitted it.                           --Addison.
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   4. (Naut) To be brought, as a sail, so close to the wind that
      its weather leech shakes.
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   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 or To touch upon,
      (a) to come or go to for a short time. [R.]
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                I made a little voyage round the lake, and
                touched on the several towns that lie on its
                coasts.                           --Addison.
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      (b) to discuss briefly, as only a small part of a
          discourse.
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