[verb ree-tuhch; noun ree-tuhch, ree-tuhch]
- to improve with new touches, highlights, or the like; touch up or rework, as a painting or makeup.
- Photography. to alter (a negative or positive) after development by adding or removing lines, lightening areas, etc., with a pencil, brush, or knife.
- to dye, tint, or bleach (a new growth of hair) to match or blend with the color of an earlier and previously dyed growth.
- an added touch to a picture, painting, paint job, etc., by way of improvement or alteration.
- an act or instance of dyeing new growth of hair to blend with previously dyed hair.
Origin of retouch
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Examples from the Web for retouch
This Celestial-living is here, at our door, but we cannot retouch it without Act of God.The Prodigal Returns
Give me my palette; I want to retouch the forehead of my hero.Macaria
Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
Retouch it, therefore, trying to get the whole to look quite one piece.The Crown of Wild Olive
Shall I call, when in the neighbourhood of Loughton Castle, and retouch it?Miles Tremenhere, Vol 1 of 2
Annette Marie Maillard
After it is dry, retouch the cheeks and lips with the same color.Crayon Portraiture
Jerome A. Barhydt
- to restore, correct, or improve (a painting, make-up, etc) with new touches
- photog to alter (a negative or print) by painting over blemishes or adding details
- to make small finishing improvements to
- archaeol to detach small flakes from (a stone) in order to make a tool
- the art or practice of retouching
- a detail that is the result of retouching
- a photograph, painting, etc, that has been retouched
- archaeol fine percussion to shape flakes of stone into usable tools
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Word Origin and History for retouch
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