Meaning of TOUCH in English

I. ˈtəch, dial ˈtech or ˈtich verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

Etymology: Middle English tochen, touchen, from Old French tochier, tuchier, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin toccare to knock, strike, strike a bell, touch, of imitative origin

transitive verb


a. : to bring a bodily part briefly into contact with so as to feel

touching the delicate petals with gentle fingers

b. : to perceive or experience through the tactile sense

afraid to touch a hot iron

touched his face wonderingly with exploring fingertips

c. : to put one's fingers to (the hat or the forelock) as a salute or a sign of deference

2. : to strike or push lightly : extend the hand or foot or an implement so as to reach, nudge, stir up, inspect, arouse

if you touch the snake he will strike

turned as a hand touched his shoulder

touched the horse with the whip


a. : to examine by touching or feeling with the fingers : palpate

b. : to lay hands upon (one afflicted with scrofula) — compare king's evil


a. archaic : to play on (a stringed instrument)

angels bending … to touch their harps of gold — E.H.Sears

b. archaic : to perform (a melody) by playing or singing


a. : to take into the hands or mouth : make use of — used chiefly with expressed or implied negative

never touches alcohol in any form

hardly touched his dinner

had never touched a card before then

hasn't touched the piano since his wife's death

b. : to put hands upon in any way or in any degree : disturb or affect by handling — used chiefly with expressed or implied negative

your things haven't been touched while you were away

don't touch anything before the police come

c. : to have sexual intercourse with — used chiefly with real or implied negative

doubt if he had ever touched a woman before his marriage

d. : to lay violent hands on : commit violence upon — used chiefly with expressed or implied negative

swears he never touched the child

6. : to have to do with : concern oneself with : meddle with — used chiefly with expressed or implied negative

strictly his affair, I wouldn't touch it for anything


a. : to gain the use of : get access to

unable to touch the capital of the estate

b. slang : pick up : steal


a. obsolete : to tamper with : bribe

b. : to rob by swindling : cheat

c. : pick the pocket of

touched him for his watch

d. : to induce to give or lend

touched him for ten dollars


a. : to cause to be briefly and lightly in contact or conjunction with something

touched his hand to his cap

touched his spurs to his horse

solemnly raised and touched glasses

touched gloves with his opponent to start the last round

b. : to lay the scepter upon (an act of parliament) as a sign of royal assent

c. : to apply lightly to : spread thinly on

touch a pimple with iodine



(1) : to meet without overlapping or penetrating : be or become contiguous or adjacent to : impinge upon : adjoin

where the edges of the figure touch the border

(2) : to get to : reach

the speedometer needle touched 80

b. : to be tangent to

c. : to come up to in quality or value : compare with — used usually with a negative

nothing can touch that cloth for durability

not a fighter in his weight division to touch him

d. : to sail as close to (the wind) as possible


a. : to deal with or treat of : handle

everything he touches becomes clearer than before

pamphlets touching nearly every aspect of rural life

b. : to make allusion or slight mention of : speak or tell of in passing

touched so many topics that only a confused impression remained at the end

12. : to relate to : affect the interest of : concern

alert to anything that touched his personal honor

their profession touches our national defense very closely — Vannevar Bush


a. : to leave a mark or impression on : make signs of wear, use, or slight damage on — used chiefly with a negative

so hard no ordinary cutter will touch it

his war experiences seem not to have touched him at all

b. obsolete : magnetize

c. : to harm slightly by or as if by contagion, contamination, or blight : taint, blemish, sour, spoil in a slight degree

fruit touched by frost

this horse is touched in the wind

d. : to give a delicate tint, line, or expression to

a smile touched her lips

admiration faintly touched with envy


a. : to test the purity of (as gold) with a touchstone : assay , try

b. : to stamp or mark (as gold, silver) after an official assay


a. : to draw or delineate with light strokes

the lines though touched but faintly are drawn right — Alexander Pope

b. : to improve or modify by or as if by light strokes : touch up

16. : to reach the heart or secret of : guess at correctly : fathom

there you touched the life of our design — Shakespeare


a. : to hurt the feelings of : wound , sting

the insult touched him to the quick

b. : to shame or discomfit by hitting the truth

his face hardened, the last remark had touched him on a sore spot

c. : to move to sympathetic feeling (as pity, gratitude, remorse, tenderness)

touched by the loyalty of his friends

intransitive verb


a. : to feel something with a body part (as the hand or foot)

b. : to lay hand or finger on a person to cure disease (as scrofula)

he touched for the king's evil


a. : to be in such a position that no space exists between : be in contact

two spheres can touch only at points

sat with their heads nearly touching

b. : to be next to another suit in rank of playing cards

diamonds touch hearts

diamonds and clubs are touching suits


a. : to come close : approach : verge

his actions touch on treason

b. of a sail : to turn so close to the wind that the weather leech shakes

keep the royals touching

4. : to have a bearing : relate , pertain — used with on or upon


a. : to make a brief or incidental stop on shore during a trip by water — used usually with at

touched at several ports on the return voyage

b. : to treat a topic in a brief or casual manner — used with on or upon

touched upon many points without enlarging upon any of them

6. : to improve or modify something with slight strokes or alterations : retouch

endlessly touching and retouching before he was satisfied with the picture

Synonyms: see affect , match

- touch and go

- touch bottom

- touch elbows

- touch wood

II. noun

( -es )

Etymology: partly from Middle English touche, from Old French, from tochier, tuchier to touch; partly from touch (I)


a. : a light stroke, tap, or push

ready to fall at a touch

b. : a light stroke of wit or satire : knock , dig

c. : the contact of a fencer's point or blade against the opponent's target that scores a point


a. : the act or fact of touching, feeling, striking lightly, or coming in contact

saluted with a touch to his cap

b. : palpation

3. : the sense by which pressure or traction exerted on the skin or mucous membrane is perceived : the tactile sense as distinguished from the pain, temperature, and kinesthetic senses

4. : mental or moral sensitiveness, responsiveness, or tact

she has a wonderful touch in dealing with children

our high task to use our power with a sure hand and a steady touch — A.E.Stevenson b. 1900

a skilled writer but lacking the popular touch

5. : a specified sensation conveyed through the tactile receptors : feel

the velvety touch of a fabric


a. : the act of rubbing gold or silver on a touchstone to test its quality

b. : the quality or degree of fineness of metal so tested

c. : the official stamp upon a tested metal of standard quality

d. : touchmark

e. archaic : tested or proven quality or character

friends of noble touch — Shakespeare


a. obsolete : touchstone 1

b. : test , trial — used chiefly in the phrase put to the touch


a. : a visible effect : stamp , mark

touch of the tropical sun

woman with what we used to call the touch of good breeding upon her — Morris Markey

b. : weakness , defect

a touch in his wits

one touch of nature makes the whole world kin — Shakespeare

c. obsolete : injury to reputation : reproach , blame

9. : something slight of its kind: as

a. : a light attack

touch of fever

b. : a small quantity : trace , dash

touch of spring in the air

touch of garlic in the salad

a touch of unreality about the whole affair

c. : a transient emotion : a flash of feeling

momentary touch of compunction

d. archaic : a brief mention, hint, or reminder

e. : a near approach : a close call

beaten in the … backstroke championships by a mere touch — Kate Kerry

f. : bit , little — used adverbially with a

as though she had said something ridiculous and a touch discreditable — R.V.Cassill

aimed a touch too low and missed

10. archaic : agreement , covenant — used in the phrase to keep touch


a. archaic : the playing of an instrument (as a lute or piano) with the fingers ; also : musical notes or strains so produced

with sweetest touches pierce your mistress' ears — Shakespeare

b. : a manner or method of touching or striking especially the keys of a keyboard instrument

requiring a staccato touch

also : one's characteristic style in striking keys

have a firm touch

c. : particular or characteristic action of a keyboard instrument with reference to the resistance of its keys to pressure

a piano with a stiff touch

typewriter with a light touch

12. : a set of changes in change ringing less than the total number possible or less than a peal

13. : a light or delicate stroke in creating or improving an artistic composition : an effective or touching-up detail

that was a vivid touch in his last story

the work is complete except for the finishing touches

hotel service with a personal touch

14. : distinctive manner or method

this room needs a woman's touch

: characteristic skill of a workman or artist in the manipulation of his instruments or materials

the billiard player had lost his touch

the painting shows the touch of a master

15. : a characteristic or distinguishing trait or quality


a. slang : an act of borrowing, swindling, or stealing

beggar making his touch

: theft

b. : a victim of borrowing or swindling

recognized him early as a soft touch for a loan — John Lardner

17. slang

a. : a method of inducing someone to buy or to accept a deal

b. : something that will sell at a named price

c. : a sale effected by dubious means

18. : the state or fact of being in contact or communication

lost touch with the other boats in the fog

keeping in touch with distant relations

kept in close touch with headquarters by phone

out of touch with modern methods

19. : tag III 1

20. : the broadest part of a plank worked top and butt : the angles of the stern timbers at the counters of a ship

21. : the area outside of the sidelines in soccer or outside of and including the touchlines in rugby — used usually with in or into

kicked the ball into touch

thrown in by a player standing in touch

III. verb

- touch base

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