verb (used with object)
- to strike the strings, keys, etc., of (a musical instrument) so as to cause it to sound.
- to play or perform (an air, notes, etc.) on a musical instrument.
verb (used without object)
- the act of approaching someone for money as a gift or a loan.
- the obtaining of money in this manner.
- the money obtained.
- a person considered from the standpoint of the relative ease with which he or she will lend money: I can always hit him for ten—he's an easy touch.
- an official mark put upon precious metal after testing to indicate its purity.
- a die, stamp, or the like for impressing such a mark.
- an identifying mark impressed on pewter by its maker.
- to represent or characterize precisely.
- to cause to ignite or explode.
- to give rise to; initiate: This incident will touch off another crisis.
- to mention a subject briefly or casually; treat of in passing: In his lecture he touched on the major aspects of the controversy.
- to come close to; approach.
- to relate or pertain to.
- to make minor changes or improvements in the appearance of.
- to modify or improve (a painting, photograph, etc.) by adding small strokes or making slight changes.
- to rouse by or as if by striking: This should touch up your memory.
Origin of touch
Examples from the Web for touch
Set a heatproof bowl over a pot of gently simmering water, making sure that the bowl does not touch the surface of the water.
Every time they seemed to be getting closer to something they had never been able to touch before.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs|Allen Barra|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And ironically, he has also brought Mandvi more in touch with being a Muslim.
That means Japanese whiskies are beautifully balanced and elegant; they touch and develop on every sensor on the palate.Watch Out, Scotland! Japanese Whisky Is on the Rise|Kayleigh Kulp|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But surprisingly over the eight years of working on the show I became more in touch on some level with being culturally Muslim.
As, however, the whole plan of our proceedings was to be kept secret, I will not touch on that subject.A Voyage round the World|W.H.G. Kingston
Ourdays always wound up with an extra good dinner, and a touch of gala costume in honor of the occasion.Marjorie's Busy Days|Carolyn Wells
Thereby had she been enabled to say, 'He will come'; and saying, 'He has come,' her touch rested on the first knot in the string.The Short Works of George Meredith|George Meredith
At the end of some days disturbed by the silence of the King, she ventured to touch upon the subject.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete|Duc de Saint-Simon
There was in them a touch of the genuine unworldly simplicity which forms part of your character.Charlotte Bront|T. Wemyss Reid
British Dictionary definitions for touch
- an official stamp on metal indicating standard purity
- the die stamp used to apply this markNow usually called: hallmark
- the act of asking for money as a loan or gift, often by devious means
- the money received in this way
- a person asked for money in this wayhe was an easy touch
- to finger (the keys or strings of an instrument)
- to play (a tune, piece of music, etc) in this way
Word Origin for touch
Word Origin and History for touch (1 of 2)
late 13c., from Old French touchier "to touch, hit, knock" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *toccare "to knock, strike" as a bell (cf. Spanish tocar, Italian toccare), perhaps of imitative origin. Meaning "to get or borrow money" first recorded 1760. Related: Touched; touching.
Touch and go (adj.) is recorded from 1812, apparently from the name of a tag-like game, first recorded 1650s. Touch football is first attested 1933. Touch-me-not (1590s) translates Latin noli-me-tangere.
Word Origin and History for touch (1 of 2)
c.1300, from Old French touche "a touching," from touchier (see touch (v.)). Meaning "slight attack" (of an illness, etc.) is recorded from 1660s. Sense of "skill or aptitude in some topic" is first recorded 1927. Soft touch "person easily manipulated" is recorded from 1940.
Medicine definitions for touch
Idioms and Phrases with touch
In addition to the idioms beginning with touch
- touch and go
- touch base with
- touch bottom
- touch down
- touched by, be
- touched in the head
- touch off
- touch on
- touch up
- common touch
- finishing touch
- hit (touch) bottom
- in touch
- lose one's touch
- lose touch
- not touch with a ten-foot pole
- out of touch
- put the arm (touch) on
- soft touch