Wednesday, March 3, 2010
To cause or permit a part of the body, especially the hand or fingers, to come in contact with so as to feel:
reached out and touched the smooth stone.
To bring something into light contact with:
touched the sore spot with a probe.
To bring (one thing) into light contact with something else:
grounded the radio by touching a wire to it; touching fire to a fuse.
To press or push lightly; tap:
touched a control to improve the TV picture; touched 19 on the phone to get room service.
To lay hands on in violence:
I never touched him!
To eat or drink; taste:
She didn't touch her food.
To disturb or move by handling:
Just don't touch anything in my room!
To meet without going beyond; adjoin:
the ridge where his property touches mine.
To be tangent to.
To come up to; reach:
when the thermometer touches 90°.
To match in quality; equal:
Rival artists can't touch her work at its best.
To deal with, especially in passing; treat briefly or allusively:
some remarks touching recent events.
To be pertinent to; concern:
environmental problems that touch us all.
To affect the emotions of; move to tender response:
an appeal that touched us deeply.
To injure slightly:
plants touched by frost.
To color slightly; tinge:
a white petal touched with pink.
To draw with light strokes.
To change or improve by adding fine lines or strokes.
To stamp (tested metal).
To wheedle a loan or handout from:
touched a friend for five dollars.
To strike or pluck the keys or strings of (a musical instrument).
To play (a musical piece).
To touch someone or something.
To be or come into contact:
Don't let the live wires touch.
The act or an instance of touching.
The physiological sense by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body.
A sensation experienced in touching something with a characteristic texture:
felt the touch of snowflakes on her face.
A light push; a tap:
an electric switch that requires just a touch.
A discernible mark or effect left by contact with something.
A small change or addition, or the effect achieved by it:
Candlelight provided just the right touch.
A suggestion, hint, or tinge:
a touch of jealousy.
A mild attack:
a touch of the flu.
A small amount; a dash:
a touch of paprika.
A manner or technique of striking the keys of a keyboard instrument:
He played briskly with a light touch.
The resistance to pressure characteristic of the keys of a keyboard:
an old piano with uneven touch.
An ability to propel a ball a desired distance:
a golfer with no touch around the green.
A facility; a knack:
retained his touch as a carpenter in his retirement.
A characteristic way of doing things:
recognized my friend's touch in the choice of the card.
The state of being in contact or communication:
kept in touch with several classmates; out of touch with current trends.
An official stamp indicating the quality of a metal product.
The act of approaching someone for a loan or handout.
A prospect for a loan or handout:
a generous person, a soft touch for beggars.
The area just outside the sidelines in soccer or just outside and including the sidelines in Rugby.
To make contact with the ground; land:
The spacecraft touched down on schedule.
To cause to explode; fire.
To initiate; trigger:
disclosures that touched off a public uproar.
To describe or portray with deft precision.
To deal with (a topic) in passing.
To pertain to; concern.
To approach being; verge on:
frenzy that touched on clinical insanity.
To improve by making minor corrections, changes, or additions.
To renew a line of communication:
"He went out of his way to touch base with a broad cross section of . . . residents"
(George B. Merry).
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