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. Sarah Hughes:

    When I dyed my hair, I didn't know how long I would be around and I didn't like thinking about how short my life would be, i wasn't planning on touching up roots. I'm here to deal with roots! I wasn't expecting to be around that long. And now, I'm planning for the future.

  2. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Don't be surprised to see SAIL share price touching Rs.56 by the end of May month from the current price of Rs.74

  3. Yossi Ziegler:

    It's a touching story, and it's part of the history of Israel.

  4. Elizabeth Bowen:

    Only in a house where one has learnt to be lonely does one have this solicitude for things. One's relation to them, the daily seeing or touching, begins to become love, and to lay one open to pain.

  5. Caleb Fabry:

    This guy showed us in this video that nothing matters but life and love, i think that is one of the most touching parts of this whole video.

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