Touch Definition

tŭch
touched, touches, touching
verb
touched, touches, touching
To put the hand, the finger, or some other part of the body on, so as to feel; perceive by the sense of feeling.
Webster's New World
To be or come in contact.
Webster's New World
To bring into contact with something else.
To touch a match to kindling.
Webster's New World
To make contact with by means of something regarded as an extension of oneself.
To touch a snake with a stick, one's shoe, etc.
Webster's New World
To come near to something; verge (on or upon)
Webster's New World
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noun
touches
A touching or being touched.
Webster's New World
A light push; a tap.
An electric switch that requires just a touch.
American Heritage
An instance of contacting or propelling the ball or puck.
Scored on the first touch.
American Heritage
The sense by which physical objects are felt; tactile sense.
Webster's New World
A sensation caused by touching, esp. one that is characteristic of a particular substance or texture; tactile quality; feel.
Webster's New World
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idiom
in touch
  • Aware of the latest developments, as in current events or an area of interest.
  • Able to appreciate or understand the concerns or difficulties of others.
American Heritage
out of touch
  • Unaware of the latest developments, as in current events or an area of interest.
  • Unable to appreciate or understand the concerns or difficulties of others.
American Heritage
touch base
  • To renew a line of communication:
American Heritage
touch down
  • to land
Webster's New World
touch off
  • to represent accurately or aptly
  • to make explode or detonate; fire
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Touch

Noun

Singular:
touch
Plural:
touches

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Touch

Origin of Touch

  • From Middle English touchen, tochen, from Old French tochier ("to touch"; > Modern French toucher; compare French doublet toquer (“to offend, bother, harass")), from Vulgar Latin *toccāre (“to knock, strike, offend"), from Old Frankish *tokkōn, *tukkōn (“to knock, strike, touch"), from Proto-Germanic *tukkōnÄ…, *tukkijanÄ… (“to draw, jerk, knock, strike, offend"), from Proto-Indo-European *dukn-, *dewk- (“to draw, pull, lead"). Cognate with Old High German zochhōn, zuhhōn ("to grasp, take, seize, snatch"; > German zucken (“to jerk, flinch")), Low German tokken, tukken (“to fidget, twitch, pull up, entice"), Middle Dutch tocken, tucken ("to touch, entice"; > Dutch tokkelen (“to strum, pluck")), Old English tucian, tÅ«cian ("to disturb, mistreat, ill-treat; offend; afflict, harass, vex; punish, torment"; > English tuck). Compare also Old Frisian tetzia, tetsia (“to seize, appropriate to oneself"), Gothic 𐍄𐌴𐌺𐌰𐌽 (tekan, “to touch"), Old Norse taka (“to touch, grasp"), Middle Low German tacken (“to touch"), Old English tacan (“to touch, take"). Outside Germanic, cognate to Albanian cek (“to touch"). More at tuck, take.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English touchen from Old French touchier ultimately from Vulgar Latin toccāre

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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