What does touching mean?

Definitions for touching
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.


  1. touching

    Touching refers to coming into physical contact with something, or with a part of the body. It involves the sensation experienced when an object or person contacts the skin or when one individual or object is in direct contact with another. The term can also be used metaphorically to refer to an emotional experience or narrative that deeply affects or moves a person.

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. Speaker McCarthy:

    So here is our plan: In the coming weeks, the House will vote on the bill to lift the debt ceiling into the next year, save taxpayers trillions of dollars, make us less dependent on China, curb our inflation, all without touching social security and Medicare.

  2. Andrew Robertson:

    If you are very close to the material or touching it, the radiation risk increases immensely and could cause serious damage to your health, including causing radiation burns to the skin.

  3. 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.

  4. Kim Jong:

    General Secretary comrade Xi Jinping has shown us touching and familial support and concern.

  5. January 6:

    This is me, touching the f ** White House... I am at the White House, just so you know.

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    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
    A abet
    B descant
    C flub
    D huff

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