What does touching mean?

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ˈtʌtʃ ɪŋtouch·ing

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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, touchingadjective

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

    "at his touch the room filled with lights"

  3. affecting, poignant, touchingadjective

    arousing affect

    "the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scene"; "poignant grief cannot endure forever"; "his gratitude was simple and touching"


  1. touchingadjective

    Provoking sadness and pity.

    a touching story

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Touchingadjective

    Pathetick; affecting; moving.

    Etymology: from touch.

  2. Touchingprep.

    With respect, regard, or relation to.

    Etymology: This word is originally a participle of touch.

    Touching things which belong to discipline, the church hath authority to make canons and decrees, even as we read in the apostles times it did. Richard Hooker, b. iii.

    Touching our person, seek we no revenge;
    But we our kingdom’s safety must so tender,
    Whose ruin you three sought, that to her laws
    We do deliver you. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    The heavens and the earth remained in the same state in which they were created, as touching their substance, though there was afterwards added multiplicity of perfection in respect of beauty. Walter Raleigh, Hist. of the World.

    Touching the debt, he took himself to be acquitted thereof. John Hayward.

    Socrates chose rather to die than renounce or conceal his judgment touching the unity of the Godhead. South.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Touching

    of Touch

  2. Touchingadjective

    affecting; moving; pathetic; as, a touching tale

  3. Touching

    concerning; with respect to

  4. Touchingnoun

    the sense or act of feeling; touch

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. touching

    The state of a ship's sails when they first begin to lift or shiver with their edges in the direction of the wind. It is occasioned either by a change in the wind or in the ship's course. (See FULL AND BY.)--Luff and touch her! is the order to the helmsman to bring the vessel up, and see how near she will come to the wind, or to give facility for taking in a reef when about to lower the top-sails, or for deadening the ship's way.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of touching in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of touching in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of touching in a Sentence

  1. Steve Cishek:

    It was a really cool feeling, goosebumps hit me right as I was touching second base.

  2. John Murdy:

    It's very physical so in some ways it's like being an athlete because whatever they're going to do they're going to do every ten seconds, literally thousands and thousands if not millions of times so a lot of it has to do with being in control of their body and being able to be this close to people without actually touching them.

  3. Prince Charles ' wife:

    I think that was very touching. Sitting where I was, you couldn't hear what he said, but afterwards, watching it on the television, I think it was a very... it was a lovely gesture.

  4. Lee Majors:

    It was during those 10 years off that I realized how big this show was, because I was free to travel around the world to different places, and it was amazing how many people would come up to you — total strangers in totally different countries — just to say hello. It was very touching and just amazing to me.

  5. Julie Havers:

    It was a very touching tribute to Aubrey. I wanted to come to show my respects.

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