Don't let the live wires touch.
An example of touch is what you do when you put your hand on someone's arm.
Kept in touch with several classmates; out of touch with current trends.
An example of touch is the action you do when you tap someone's shoulder.
An example of touch is when you hit a key on the keyboard of your computer.
Reached out and touched the smooth stone.
I never touched him!
Touched a control to improve the TV picture; touched 19 on the phone to get room service.
She didn't touch her food.
Just don't touch anything in my room!
Environmental problems that touch us all.
An appeal that touched us deeply.
Plants touched by frost.
A white petal touched with pink.
Touched a friend for five dollars.
Felt the touch of snowflakes on her face.
Candlelight provided just the right touch.
A touch of jealousy.
A touch of the flu.
A touch of paprika.
A golfer with no touch around the green.
Retained his touch as a carpenter in his retirement.
Recognized my friend's touch in the choice of the card.
To touch a match to kindling.
Water won't touch these grease spots.
Frost touched the plants.
Clouds touched with pink.
Didn't touch his supper.
Cooking that can't touch hers.
A subject that touches our welfare.
Touched him to the quick.
- A light tap, stroke, etc.
- A delicate stroke made with a brush in painting, etc.
She has a nice touch with difficult people.
He lost his touch.
- A mark, impression, etc. left by touching.
- A minor change or improvement.A few finishing touches.
- A trace, tinge, etc.A touch of humor.
- A slight attack.A touch of the flu.
To lose touch with reality, to keep in touch with friends.
- To make physical contact with; to bring the hand, finger or other part of the body into contact with. [from 14th c.].I touched her face softly.
- Sitting on the bench, the hem of her skirt touched the ground.
- (intransitive) To come into physical contact, or to be in physical contact. [from 14th c.].They stood next to each other, their shoulders touching.
- (intransitive) To make physical contact with a thing. [from 14th c.].Please can I have a look, if I promise not to touch?.
- To physically disturb; to interfere with, molest, or attempt to harm through contact. [from 14th c.].If you touch her, I'll kill you.
- To physically affect in specific ways implied by context. [from 15th c.].Frankly, this wood's so strong that sandpaper won't touch it.
- To consume, or otherwise use. [from 15th c.].Are you all right? You've hardly touched your lunch.
- (intransitive) Of a ship or its passengers: to land, to make a short stop (at). [from 16th c.].
- (now historical) To lay hands on (someone suffering from scrofula) as a form of cure, as formerly practised by English and French monarchs. [from 17th c.].
- Her parents had caught her touching herself when she was fifteen.
- My grandfather, as many people know, was touched with greatness.
- (intransitive) To deal with in speech or writing; briefly to speak or write (on or upon something). [from 14th c.].
- To concern, to have to do with. [14th-19th c.].
- To affect emotionally; to bring about tender or painful feelings in. [from 14th c.].Stefan was touched by the song's message of hope.
- (dated) To affect in a negative way, especially only slightly. [from 16th c.].He had been drinking over lunch, and was clearly touched.
- (Scottish history) To give royal assent to by touching it with the sceptre. [from 17th c.].The bill was finally touched after many hours of deliberation.
- To obtain money from, usually by borrowing (from a friend). [from 18th c.].I was running short, so I touched old Bertie for a fiver.
- (always passive) To disturb the mental functions of; to make somewhat insane; often followed with "in the head". [from 18th c.].You must be touched if you think I'm taking your advice.
- To be on the level of; to approach in excellence or quality. [from 19th c.].
- (computing) To mark (a file or document) as having been modified.
To touch an instrument of music.
With the lights out, she had to rely on touch to find her desk.
He performed one of Ravel's piano concertos with a wonderfully light and playful touch.
Clever touches like this are what make her such a brilliant writer.
Move it left just a touch and it will be perfect.
He got the ball, and kicked it straight out into touch.
He promised to keep in touch while he was away.
I used to be a great chess player but I've lost my touch.
Some remarks touching recent events.
- 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.
- Able to be contacted, as by telephone or e-mail:.I will be in touch by phone after I arrive at the hotel.
- 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.
- Unable to be contacted, as by telephone or e-mail:.I will be out of touch during my flight to Los Angeles.
- To renew a line of communication:.
- To land.
- To represent accurately or aptly.
- To make explode or detonate; fire.
- To initiate (esp. a violent action or reaction); set off.
- To stimulate or rouse, as by a tap or light blow.
- To make minor changes or improvements in.
- To iron, or press, lightly.
Origin of touch
- Middle English touchen from Old French touchier ultimately from Vulgar Latin toccāre
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 *toccÄre (“to knock, strike, offend"), from Old Frankish *tokkÅn, *tukkÅn (“to knock, strike, touch"), from Proto-Germanic *tukkÅnÄ…, *tukkijanÄ… (“to draw, jerk, knock, strike, offend"), from Proto-Indo-European *dukn-, *dewk- (“to draw, pull, lead"). Cognate with Old High German zochhÅn, zuhhÅn ("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 ð„ðŒ´ðŒºðŒ°ðŒ½ (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.