- An act of touching, especially with the hand or finger.
verb (touch, es)
- Suddenly, in the crowd, I felt a at my shoulder.
- The faculty or sense of perception by physical contact.
- With the lights out, she had to rely on to find her desk.
- The style or technique with which one plays a musical instrument.
- He performed one of Ravel's piano concertos with a wonderfully light and playful .
- A distinguishing feature or characteristic.
- Clever touches like this are what make her such a brilliant writer.
- A little bit; a small amount.
- Move it left just a and it will be perfect.
- The part of a sports field beyond the touchlines or goal-lines.
- He got the ball, and kicked it straight out into .
- A relationship of close communication or understanding.
- He promised to keep in while he was away.
- (transitive) To make physical contact with; to bring the hand, finger or other part of the body into contact with.
Etymology: From Old French tochier (modern toucher), from Vulgar Latin toccare "to knock, strike", probably of imitative origin.
- I touched her face softly.
- (transitive) To come into (involuntary) contact with; to meet or intersect.
- Sitting on the bench, the hem of her skirt touched the ground.
- (intransitive) To come into physical contact, or to be in physical contact.
- They stood next to each other, their shoulders touching.
- (intransitive) To make physical contact with a thing.
- Please can I have a look, if I promise not to ?
- (transitive) To physically affect in specific ways implied by context.
- Frankly, this wood's so strong that sandpaper won't it.
- (transitive) To physically disturb; to interfere with, molest, or attempt to harm through contact.
- If you her, I'll kill you.
- (transitive) To consume, or otherwise use.
- Are you all right? You've hardly touched your lunch.
- (context, transitive, dated) To affect in a negative way, especially only slightly.
- He had been drinking over lunch, and was clearly touched.
- (transitive) To steal, or obtain money; to borrow money from.
- I was running short, so I touched old Bertie for a fiver.
- (transitive) To affect emotionally; to bring about tender or painful feelings in.
- Stefan was touched by the song's message of hope.
- (transitive) To concern, to have a bearing on.
- Stay out of this, it doesn't you in any way.
- (transitive) To imbue or endow with a specific quality.
- My grandfather, as many people know, was touched with greatness.
- (transitive) To disturb the mental functions of; to make somewhat insane.
- You must be touched if you think I'm taking your advice.
- (transitive or reflexive) To sexually excite with the fingers; to finger or masturbate.
- Her parents had caught her touching herself when she was fifteen.
- (transitive, Scottish history) To give royal assent to by touching it with the sceptre.
- The bill was finally touched after many hours of deliberation.
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