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  1. An act of touching, especially with the hand or finger.
Suddenly, in the crowd, I felt a at my shoulder.
  1. The faculty or sense of perception by physical contact.
With the lights out, she had to rely on to find her desk.
  1. 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 .
  1. A distinguishing feature or characteristic.
Clever touches like this are what make her such a brilliant writer.
  1. A little bit; a small amount.
Move it left just a and it will be perfect.
  1. The part of a sports field beyond the touchlines or goal-lines.
He got the ball, and kicked it straight out into .
  1. A relationship of close communication or understanding.
He promised to keep in while he was away.
    verb (touch, es)
    1. (transitive) To make physical contact with; to bring the hand, finger or other part of the body into contact with.
    I touched her face softly.
    1. (transitive) To come into (involuntary) contact with; to meet or intersect.
    Sitting on the bench, the hem of her skirt touched the ground.
    1. (intransitive) To come into physical contact, or to be in physical contact.
    They stood next to each other, their shoulders touching.
    1. (intransitive) To make physical contact with a thing.
    Please can I have a look, if I promise not to ?
    1. (transitive) To physically affect in specific ways implied by context.
    Frankly, this wood's so strong that sandpaper won't it.
    1. (transitive) To physically disturb; to interfere with, molest, or attempt to harm through contact.
    If you her, I'll kill you.
    1. (transitive) To consume, or otherwise use.
    Are you all right? You've hardly touched your lunch.
    1. (context, transitive, dated) To affect in a negative way, especially only slightly.
    He had been drinking over lunch, and was clearly touched.
    1. (transitive) To steal, or obtain money; to borrow money from.
    I was running short, so I touched old Bertie for a fiver.
    1. (transitive) To affect emotionally; to bring about tender or painful feelings in.
    Stefan was touched by the song's message of hope.
    1. (transitive) To concern, to have a bearing on.
    Stay out of this, it doesn't you in any way.
    1. (transitive) To imbue or endow with a specific quality.
    My grandfather, as many people know, was touched with greatness.
    1. (transitive) To disturb the mental functions of; to make somewhat insane.
    You must be touched if you think I'm taking your advice.
    1. (transitive or reflexive) To sexually excite with the fingers; to finger or masturbate.
    Her parents had caught her touching herself when she was fifteen.
    1. (transitive, Scottish history) To give royal assent to by touching it with the sceptre.
    The bill was finally touched after many hours of deliberation.
    • Dutch: raken, roeren, aangedaan zijn
    • French: toucher
    • German: berí¼hren
    • Italian: commuovere
    • Spanish: tocar
    Etymology: From Old French tochier (modern toucher), from Vulgar Latin toccare "to knock, strike", probably of imitative origin.

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