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.
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Idioms for touch
Origin of touch
OTHER WORDS FROM touch
Example sentences from the Web for touch
Long-distance communication may benefit from a robot’s touch.This artificial skin feels ‘ghosts’ — things you wish were there|Stephen Ornes|November 20, 2020|Science News For Students
They’re built with a touch interface in mind, which doesn’t always translate well to a mouse and keyboard.Apple’s M1 chip makes the new MacBook Air shockingly good|Stan Horaczek|November 18, 2020|Popular Science
Rather than just a pressure sensor, we need something that captures the myriad of touch sensations.
It’s equally delightful to sip, though, with notes of nougat and just a touch of bright acidity.Now You Can Steep Your Coffee Like Tea—and It's Awesome|AC Shilton|November 11, 2020|Outside Online
We bought a few trays, to limit touch, so servers can carry plates on those instead of with their hands.The True Cost of Keeping a Restaurant Open During a Pandemic|Charlotte Druckman|November 11, 2020|Eater
Joe is a toucher—and not in a creepy, hide-your-interns kind of way.The Pros and Cons of Joe Biden Hitting the Campaign Trail|Michelle Cottle|March 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Souvent vous ne me semblez pas assez dlicatement tender; or il faut cela dans un roman pour me toucher.
But it was a toucher; a little more and these steeds would have been foundered.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
It took the hotel detectives years to check the "toucher" with the fake bank account that operated largely in the hotel lobbies.Twenty Years a Detective in the Wickedest City in the World|Clifton R. Wooldridge
The player touched when this is said has to run after the toucher with all his might.What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes|Dorothy Canfield Fisher
The toucher endeavors to secure the other's place in the ring, failing which, he must begin again.
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
Derived forms of touchtouchable, adjectivetouchableness, nountoucher, nountouchless, adjective
Word Origin for touch
Medical definitions for touch
Other words from touchtouch•a•ble adj.
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