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Definition of touch:

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


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