touch

Definition of touch

noun:

  • the event of something coming in contact with the body; "he longed for the touch of her hand", "the cooling touch of the night air". Synonyms: touching.
  • the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands); "only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us". Synonyms: cutaneous senses, sense of touch, skin senses, touch modality.
  • a suggestion of some quality; "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone", "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face". Synonyms: ghost, trace.
  • a distinguishing style; "this room needs a woman's touch". Synonyms: signature.
  • the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights". Synonyms: touching.
  • a slight but appreciable amount; "this dish could use a touch of garlic". Synonyms: hint, jot, mite, pinch, soupcon, speck, tinge.
  • a communicative interaction; "the pilot made contact with the base", "he got in touch with his colleagues". Synonyms: contact.
  • a slight attack of illness; "he has a touch of rheumatism". Synonyms: spot.
  • the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan); "he watched the beggar trying to make a touch".
  • the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin; "she likes the touch of silk on her skin", "the surface had a greasy feeling". Synonyms: feeling, tactile sensation, tactual sensation, touch sensation.
  • deftness in handling matters; "he has a master's touch".
  • the feel of mechanical action; "this piano has a wonderful touch".

verb:

  • make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch the stone for good luck", "She never touched her husband".
  • perceive via the tactile sense; "Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her".
  • affect emotionally; "A stirring movie", "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy". Synonyms: stir.
  • be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk", "My remark pertained to your earlier comments". Synonyms: bear on, come to, concern, have-to doe with, pertain, refer, relate, touch on.
  • be in direct physical contact with; make contact; "The two buildings touch", "Their hands touched", "The wire must not contact the metal cover", "The surfaces contact at this point". Synonyms: adjoin, contact, meet.
  • have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?". Synonyms: affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch on.
  • deal with; usually used with a form of negation; "I wouldn't touch her with a ten-foot pole", "The local Mafia won't touch gambling".
  • cause to be in brief contact with; "He touched his toes to the horse's flanks".
  • to extend as far as; "The sunlight reached the wall", "Can he reach?", "The chair must not touch the wall". Synonyms: extend to, reach.
  • be equal to in quality or ability; "Nothing can rival cotton for durability", "Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues", "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents". Synonyms: equal, match, rival.
  • tamper with; "Don't touch my CDs!". Synonyms: disturb.
  • make a more or less disguised reference to; "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it". Synonyms: advert, allude.
  • comprehend; "He could not touch the meaning of the poem".
  • consume; "She didn't touch her food all night". Synonyms: partake.
  • color lightly; "her greying hair was tinged blond", "the leaves were tinged red in November". Synonyms: tinct, tinge, tint.

Related words

abut, adhere, adjoin, affect, apply, attach, border, bother, brush, buss, butt, capstone, catch, center, chafe, cleave, cling, cohere, color, colour, complexion, contact, copestone, cover, creepiness, dab, dig, discommode, disoblige, distort, edge, endanger, engage, environ, excite, expose, feel, finger, fingering, fray, fret, get, grab, grazing, grope, handle, handling, henna, hit, hitting, hold, hug, hydrolise, hydrolize, incommode, inconvenience, influence, interest, involve, jab, kiss, lap, lick, manipulation, march, mouth, osculate, osculation, palm, palpate, palpation, pat, peril, press, process, queer, receive, redound, regard, repercuss, ring, rub, scratch, scupper, shaving, skim, skimming, skirt, snap, snatch, snog, snuff, stick, stimulate, strike, striking, stroke, stroking, subject, surround, tag, tap, thumb, tickle, tickling, tincture, tinge, titillation, toe, treat, trouble, upset, violate, work.

Words nearby touch

couch, pouch, torch, touchy, tough, vouch.

Rhymes with touch

bruch, clutch, crutch, dutch, hutch, kutch, much, nonesuch, such.

Start with touch

touchtone, touchingly, touchy, touchiness, touchtones, touchmark, touches, touchier, touchiest, touchlines, touchwood, touchhole, touchstones, touchpads, touchdowns, touchdown, touchable, touchholes, touchups, touched, touchstone, touche, touchback, touchinesses, touchily, touchup, touchers, toucher, touchbacks, touchpad, touchwoods, touchline, touching, touchmarks.

End with touch

mistouch, cartouch, retouch.

More information about touch

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • touch is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 10 points
  • touch is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 10 points
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