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.
- re·touch·a·ble, adjective
- re·touch·er, noun
- un·re·touched, adjective
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How to use retouch in a sentence
Should the coating crack at the knee or elbow joints, it is merely necessary to retouch it slightly at those places.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Different publications and different retouch artists would handle a photograph differently, and add different retouching to them.Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
That one should ever attempt to retouch the time-faded but beautiful pictures that the memory holds.In New England Fields and Woods | Rowland E. Robinson
Occasional retouch, that appears to have been done by percussion flaking, is evident; but no regular pressure retouch is present.Handbook of Alabama Archaeology: Part I Point Types | James W. Cambron
This retouch appears to have been accomplished with indirect percussion or pressure flaking.Handbook of Alabama Archaeology: Part I Point Types | James W. Cambron
British Dictionary definitions for retouch
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
- retouchable, adjective
- retoucher, noun
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