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Definition of Touch


  1. To compare with; of be equal to; -- usually with a negative; as, he held that for good cheer nothing could touch an open fire.
  2. To induce to give or lend; to borrow from; as, to touch one for a loan; hence, to steal from.
  3. A set of changes less than the total possible on seven bells, that is, less than 5,040.
  4. An act of borrowing or stealing.
  5. Tallow; -- a plumber's term.
  6. 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.
  7. To perceive by the sense of feeling.
  8. To come to; to reach; to attain to.
  9. To try; to prove, as with a touchstone.
  10. To relate to; to concern; to affect.
  11. To handle, speak of, or deal with; to treat of.
  12. To meddle or interfere with; as, I have not touched the books.
  13. To affect the senses or the sensibility of; to move; to melt; to soften.
  14. To mark or delineate with touches; to add a slight stroke to with the pencil or brush.
  15. To infect; to affect slightly.
  16. To make an impression on; to have effect upon.
  17. To strike; to manipulate; to play on; as, to touch an instrument of music.
  18. To perform, as a tune; to play.
  19. To influence by impulse; to impel forcibly.
  20. To harm, afflict, or distress.
  21. To affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree; to make partially insane; -- rarely used except in the past participle.
  22. To be tangent to. See Tangent, a.
  23. To lay a hand upon for curing disease.
  24. To be in contact; to be in a state of junction, so that no space is between; as, two spheres touch only at points.
  25. To fasten; to take effect; to make impression.
  26. To treat anything in discourse, especially in a slight or casual manner; -- often with on or upon.
  27. To be brought, as a sail, so close to the wind that its weather leech shakes.
  28. The act of touching, or the state of being touched; contact.
  29. 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.
  30. Act or power of exciting emotion.
  31. An emotion or affection.
  32. Personal reference or application.
  33. A stroke; as, a touch of raillery; a satiric touch; hence, animadversion; censure; reproof.
  34. A single stroke on a drawing or a picture.
  35. Feature; lineament; trait.
  36. The act of the hand on a musical instrument; bence, in the plural, musical notes.
  37. A small quantity intermixed; a little; a dash.
  38. A hint; a suggestion; slight notice.
  39. A slight and brief essay.
  40. A touchstone; hence, stone of the sort used for touchstone.
  41. Hence, examination or trial by some decisive standard; test; proof; tried quality.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. That part of the field which is beyond the line of flags on either side.
  45. A boys' game; tag.

Touch Quotations

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Mother Teresa

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo Buscaglia

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
Henri Nouwen

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. - Charles Dickens
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
Charles Dickens

There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
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Touch Translations

touch in Dutch is aanslag
touch in Finnish is koskettaa
touch in French is coudoyer, voix, touchons, touchez, touchent
touch in Italian is affisso, inpugnare, toccare
touch in Latin is tactus
touch in Portuguese is toque
touch in Spanish is toque
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