What does touch mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. touch, touchingnoun

    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"

  2. touch, sense of touch, skin senses, touch modality, cutaneous sensesnoun

    the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands)

    "only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us"

  3. touch, trace, ghostnoun

    a suggestion of some quality

    "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"

  4. touch, signaturenoun

    a distinguishing style

    "this room needs a woman's touch"

  5. touch, touchingnoun

    the act of putting two things together with no space between them

    "at his touch the room filled with lights"

  6. touch, hint, tinge, mite, pinch, jot, speck, soupconnoun

    a slight but appreciable amount

    "this dish could use a touch of garlic"

  7. contact, touchnoun

    a communicative interaction

    "the pilot made contact with the base"; "he got in touch with his colleagues"

  8. touch, spotnoun

    a slight attack of illness

    "he has a touch of rheumatism"

  9. touchnoun

    the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan)

    "he watched the beggar trying to make a touch"

  10. touch, touch sensation, tactual sensation, tactile sensation, feelingnoun

    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. touchnoun

    deftness in handling matters

    "he has a master's touch"

  12. touchverb

    the feel of mechanical action

    "this piano has a wonderful touch"

  13. touchverb

    make physical contact with, come in contact with

    "Touch the stone for good luck"; "She never touched her husband"

  14. touchverb

    perceive via the tactile sense

    "Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her"

  15. touch, stirverb

    affect emotionally

    "A stirring movie"; "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy"

  16. refer, pertain, relate, concern, come to, bear on, touch, touch on, have-to doe withverb

    be relevant to

    "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"

  17. touch, adjoin, meet, contactverb

    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"

  18. affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touchverb

    have an effect upon

    "Will the new rules affect me?"

  19. touchverb

    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"

  20. touchverb

    cause to be in brief contact with

    "He touched his toes to the horse's flanks"

  21. reach, extend to, touchverb

    to extend as far as

    "The sunlight reached the wall"; "Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall"

  22. equal, touch, rival, matchverb

    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"

  23. touch, disturbverb

    tamper with

    "Don't touch my CDs!"

  24. allude, touch, advertverb

    make a more or less disguised reference to

    "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"

  25. touchverb


    "He could not touch the meaning of the poem"

  26. partake, touchverb


    "She didn't touch her food all night"

  27. tint, tinct, tinge, touchverb

    color lightly

    "her greying hair was tinged blond"; "the leaves were tinged red in November"


  1. touchnoun

    An act of touching, especially with the hand or finger.

    Suddenly, in the crowd, I felt a touch at my shoulder.

  2. touchnoun

    The faculty or sense of perception by physical contact.

    With the lights out, she had to rely on touch to find her desk.

  3. touchnoun

    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 touch.

  4. touchnoun

    A distinguishing feature or characteristic.

    Clever touches like this are what make her such a brilliant writer.

  5. touchnoun

    A little bit; a small amount.

    Move it left just a touch and it will be perfect.

  6. touchnoun

    The part of a sports field beyond the touchlines or goal-lines.

    He got the ball, and kicked it straight out into touch.

  7. touchnoun

    A relationship of close communication or understanding.

    He promised to keep in touch while he was away.

  8. touchnoun

    An ability to perform a task

    I used to be a great chess player but I've lost my touch.

  9. touchverb

    Primarily physical senses.

  10. touchverb

    Primarily non-physical senses.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Touchverb

    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

  2. Touchverb

    to perceive by the sense of feeling

  3. Touchverb

    to come to; to reach; to attain to

  4. Touchverb

    to try; to prove, as with a touchstone

  5. Touchverb

    to relate to; to concern; to affect

  6. Touchverb

    to handle, speak of, or deal with; to treat of

  7. Touchverb

    to meddle or interfere with; as, I have not touched the books

  8. Touchverb

    to affect the senses or the sensibility of; to move; to melt; to soften

  9. Touchverb

    to mark or delineate with touches; to add a slight stroke to with the pencil or brush

  10. Touchverb

    to infect; to affect slightly

  11. Touchverb

    to make an impression on; to have effect upon

  12. Touchverb

    to strike; to manipulate; to play on; as, to touch an instrument of music

  13. Touchverb

    to perform, as a tune; to play

  14. Touchverb

    to influence by impulse; to impel forcibly

  15. Touchverb

    to harm, afflict, or distress

  16. Touchverb

    to affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree; to make partially insane; -- rarely used except in the past participle

  17. Touchverb

    to be tangent to. See Tangent, a

  18. Touchadjective

    to lay a hand upon for curing disease

  19. Touchverb

    to be in contact; to be in a state of junction, so that no space is between; as, two spheres touch only at points

  20. Touchverb

    to fasten; to take effect; to make impression

  21. Touchverb

    to treat anything in discourse, especially in a slight or casual manner; -- often with on or upon

  22. Touchverb

    to be brought, as a sail, so close to the wind that its weather leech shakes

  23. Touch

    the act of touching, or the state of being touched; contact

  24. Touch

    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

  25. Touch

    act or power of exciting emotion

  26. Touch

    an emotion or affection

  27. Touch

    personal reference or application

  28. Touch

    a stroke; as, a touch of raillery; a satiric touch; hence, animadversion; censure; reproof

  29. Touch

    a single stroke on a drawing or a picture

  30. Touch

    feature; lineament; trait

  31. Touch

    the act of the hand on a musical instrument; bence, in the plural, musical notes

  32. Touch

    a small quantity intermixed; a little; a dash

  33. Touch

    a hint; a suggestion; slight notice

  34. Touch

    a slight and brief essay

  35. Touch

    a touchstone; hence, stone of the sort used for touchstone

  36. Touch

    hence, examination or trial by some decisive standard; test; proof; tried quality

  37. Touch

    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

  38. Touch

    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

  39. Touchnoun

    that part of the field which is beyond the line of flags on either side

  40. Touchnoun

    a boys' game; tag

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Touch

    tuch, v.t. to come in contact with: to perceive by feeling: to reach: to relate to: to handle or treat gently or slightly, as in 'to touch the hat,' &c.: to take, taste: to move or soften: to influence: to move to pity: to taint: (slang) to cheat: to lay the hand upon for the purpose of curing scrofula or king's evil—a practice that ceased only with the accession of the House of Brunswick.—v.i. to be in contact with: to make a passing call: to speak of anything slightly: (prov.) to salute by touching the cap.—n. act of touching: a movement on a musical instrument, skill or nicety in such, a musical note or strain: any impression conveyed by contact, a hint, a slight sound: a stroke with a pen, brush, &c.: a tinge, smack, trace, a slight degree of a thing: sense of feeling, contact, close sympathy, harmony: peculiar or characteristic manner: a style of anything at a certain expenditure: a touchstone, test.—adj. Touch′able, capable of being touched.—n. Touch′ableness, the state or quality of being touchable.—adj. Touch′-and-go, of uncertain issue, ticklish, difficult.—ns. Touch′-back, the act of touching the football to the ground behind the player's own goal when it has been kicked by an opponent; Touch′-box, a box containing tinder, which used to be carried by soldiers armed with matchlocks; Touch′-down, the touching to the ground of a football by a player behind the opponents' goal; Touch′er; Touch′-hole, the small hole of a cannon through which the fire is communicated to the charge.—adv. Touch′ily, in a touchy manner: peevishly.—n. Touch′iness, the quality of being touchy: peevishness: irritability.—adj. Touch′ing, affecting: moving: pathetic.—prep. concerning: with regard to.—adv. Touch′ingly.—ns. Touch′ingness; Touch′-me-not, a plant of genus Impatiens: lupus; Touch′-nee′dle, a small bar or needle of gold for testing articles of the same metal by comparing the streaks they make on a touchstone with those made by the needle; Touch′-pā′per, paper steeped in saltpetre for firing a train of powder, &c.; Touch′piece, a coin or medal formerly given by English sovereigns to those whom they touched for the cure of the king's evil; Touch′stone, a kind of compact basalt or stone for testing gold or silver by the streak of the touch-needle: any test; Touch′wood, some soft combustible material, as amadou, used as tinder.—adj. Touch′y, irritable: peevish.—Touch up, to improve by a series of small touches, to elaborate, embellish.—A near touch, a close shave. [Fr. toucher—from Old High Ger. zucchen (Ger. zucken), to move, to draw.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Touch

    Sensation of making physical contact with objects, animate or inanimate. Tactile stimuli are detected by MECHANORECEPTORS in the skin and mucous membranes.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Touch

    A term applied to methods of magnetization, as "single touch," "double touch," or "separate touch," indicating how the poles of the inducing magnet or magnets are applied to the bar to be magnetized. Under the titles of Magnetization the different methods are described.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. TOUCH

    A habit common to the impecunious, causing in its victim a feeling of faintness, followed by a chill or a sense of loss.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. touch

    In ship-building, the broadest part of a plank worked top-and-butt. Also, the angles of the stern-timbers at the counters. Also, keeping touch is fulfilling the terms of an agreement--speaking of the faith between seamen and their employers.

Rap Dictionary

  1. touchverb

    To hurt or kill. When commiting violence you have to touch the victim somehow. I'm on the Greyhound 'bout to move these birds. And if these kids don't let me do my thing, I'm going out there touching everything. -- Tony Yayo

  2. touchverb

    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada MC. The MC half of The Representatives.

Editors Contribution

  1. touch

    To feel or sense.

    She loves to touch her husband every evening as she comes into the house, to show her love in a gentle way.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 5, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'touch' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2521

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'touch' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1858

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'touch' in Nouns Frequency: #1011

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'touch' in Verbs Frequency: #300

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of touch in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of touch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of touch in a Sentence

  1. Deepak Chopra:

    To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.

  2. Mohamed Hadid:

    When we met it was not a date and not once did I touch her.

  3. Unknown:

    If you listen you will hear If you look you will see If you touch you will feel If you try you will be.

  4. Wayne Dyer:

    Present-moment living, getting in touch with your now, is at the heart of effective living. When you think about it, there really is no other moment you can live. Now is all there is, and the future is just another present moment to live when it arrives. One thing is certain, you cannot live it until it does appear.

  5. Lois Greenfield:

    I shoot just one moment at a time. ... These moments are beneath the threshold of perception, it's often a moment when (the dancers are) falling, or they're going up, or two people are about to touch or something like that. Those moments are more expressive than the typical dance photo of someone in a perfect position on the ground or in the air.

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Translations for touch

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  • يلمس, لمس, لمس. اتصال. صلةArabic
  • tocarCatalan, Valencian
  • dotknout, dotýkat, dotek, hmat, dotykCzech
  • røre, bevæge, berøreDanish
  • berühren, Berührung, Tasten, SpurGerman
  • αγγίζω, συγκινώ, αφή, επαφήGreek
  • kortuŝi, tuŝiEsperanto
  • tocar, toqueSpanish
  • ukimenBasque
  • پرماسیدن, لمس کردن, زدنPersian
  • koskea, koskettaa, kosketella, käsikopelo, kosketus, tatsi, ominaispiirre, ulkopuoli, ote, tuntuma, tuntoaisti, tyyli, piirre, hiven, hitunen, aavistus, yhteys, kontaktiFinnish
  • toucherFrench
  • bain le, bain doIrish
  • tocarGalician
  • נָגַע, ריגשHebrew
  • छूनाHindi
  • érint, meghat, megindít, megérint, hozzányúl, érintés, tapintás, jellegzetesség, kontakt, kevés, partvonalHungarian
  • դիպչելArmenian
  • sentuh, raba, singgungIndonesian
  • tusharIdo
  • snertaIcelandic
  • commuovere, toccare, tattoItalian
  • 接触する, 触る, 触れる, タッチ, 触覚, 感触, 接触Japanese
  • 닿다, 두드리다, 만지다Korean
  • taxare, toccare, tango, taxo, tangere, tangeLatin
  • liesti, paliestiLithuanian
  • skart, aizskartLatvian
  • whakapāMāori
  • menyentuhMalay
  • ထိBurmese
  • aanraken, beroeren, roeren, raken, ontroeren, touché, detail, tikjeDutch
  • berøre, røre, kontakt, berøring, følelseNorwegian
  • tocar, tocharOccitan
  • dotykać, dotknąć, wzruszać, wzruszyć, poruszać, poruszyć, dotyk, szczegół, odrobina, dotknięcie, podejście, styl, kontaktPolish
  • tocar, toque, contatoPortuguese
  • llamkhayQuechua
  • tuccar, tucher, tocker, tutgar, tutgear, tutgierRomansh
  • atinge, emoționaRomanian
  • трогать, дотрагиваться, дотронуться, волновать, взволновать, тронуть, касаться, коснуться, растрогать, осязание, штрих, контакт, прикосновение, касание, стиль, манера, общениеRussian
  • apodhicare, apoddicare, apodighare, podhicare, tocare, apodhigai, togare, tocae, tocaiSardinian
  • dírati, tàknutiSerbo-Croatian
  • beröra, röra, känsel, detalj, känsla för detaljer, beröring, liten bit, känsla, aning, smula, kontaktSwedish
  • dara, daranaSwahili
  • தொடுதல்Tamil
  • స్పర్శ, తాకు, స్పర్శించు, ముట్టుకొనుTelugu
  • แตะThai
  • dokunmak, dokunmaTurkish
  • доторкнутися, зворушуватися, доторкатисяUkrainian
  • چھوناUrdu
  • đến, sờ, chạm, đạt tới, xúc giácVietnamese
  • פאַרבינדןYiddish
  • 觸摸Chinese

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    excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion
    • A. aligned
    • B. suspicious
    • C. plush
    • D. frantic

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