Definition of touching


  • arousing affect; "the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scene", "poignant grief cannot endure forever", "his gratitude was simple and touching". Synonyms: affecting, poignant.


  • 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: touch.
  • the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights". Synonyms: touch.


  • make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch the stone for good luck", "She never touched her husband". Synonyms: touch.
  • perceive via the tactile sense; "Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her". Synonyms: touch.
  • affect emotionally; "A stirring movie", "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy". Synonyms: stir, touch.
  • 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, 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, touch.
  • have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?". Synonyms: affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, 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". Synonyms: touch.
  • cause to be in brief contact with; "He touched his toes to the horse's flanks". Synonyms: touch.
  • to extend as far as; "The sunlight reached the wall", "Can he reach?", "The chair must not touch the wall". Synonyms: extend to, reach, touch.
  • 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, touch.
  • tamper with; "Don't touch my CDs!". Synonyms: disturb, touch.
  • make a more or less disguised reference to; "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it". Synonyms: advert, allude, touch.
  • comprehend; "He could not touch the meaning of the poem". Synonyms: touch.
  • consume; "She didn't touch her food all night". Synonyms: partake, touch.
  • color lightly; "her greying hair was tinged blond", "the leaves were tinged red in November". Synonyms: tinct, tinge, tint, touch.

Related words

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  • touching is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 14 points
  • touching is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 14 points
  • touching is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 17 points
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