[ tak-til, -tahyl ]
/ ˈtæk tɪl, -taɪl /


of, pertaining to, endowed with, or affecting the sense of touch.
perceptible to the touch; tangible.

Nearby words

  1. tactical wire,
  2. tactically,
  3. tactician,
  4. tacticity,
  5. tactics,
  6. tactile anesthesia,
  7. tactile corpuscle,
  8. tactile disk,
  9. tactile fremitus,
  10. tactile hair

Origin of tactile

1605–15; < Latin tāctilis tangible, equivalent to tāct(us) (past participle of tangere to touch) + -ilis -ile

Related formstac·til·i·ty [tak-til-i-tee] /tækˈtɪl ɪ ti/, nounnon·tac·tile, adjectivenon·tac·til·i·ty, nounun·tac·tile, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tactile


/ (ˈtæktaɪl) /


of, relating to, affecting, or having a sense of toucha tactile organ; tactile stimuli
rare capable of being touched; tangible
Derived Formstactility (tækˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for tactile

C17: from Latin tactilis, from tangere to touch

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Medicine definitions for tactile


[ tăktəl, -tīl′ ]


Perceptible to the sense of touch; tangible.
Used for feeling.
Of, relating to, or proceeding from the sense of touch; tactual.

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Science definitions for tactile


[ tăktəl, tăktīl′ ]

Used for or sensitive to touch.
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