--verb (verb: touch; 3rd person present: touches; past tense: touched; past participle: touched; gerund or present participle: touching)

1. to make physical contact with, come in contact with.
  • "She never touched her husband."
2. to perceive via the tactile sense.
  • "Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her."
3. to affect emotionally.
  • "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy."
4. to be in direct physical contact with; to make contact.
  • "The two buildings touch."
5. to deal with; to usually used with a form of negation.
  • "I wouldn't touch her with a ten-foot pole."
6. to cause to be in brief contact with.
  • "He touched his toes to the horse's flanks."
7. to extend as far as.
  • "The chair must not touch the wall."
8. to be equal to in quality or ability.
  • "Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues."
9. to tamper with.
  • "Don't touch my CDs!."
10. to comprehend.
  • "He could not touch the meaning of the poem."
11. to consume.
  • "She didn't touch her food all night."
12. to be relevant to.
13. to have an effect upon.
14. to make a more or less disguised reference to.
15. to color lightly.

--noun (singular: touch; plural: touches)

16. touching: the event of something coming in contact with the body.
  • "He longed for the touch of her hand."
17. cutaneous senses: 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."
18. ghost: a suggestion of some quality.
  • "There was a touch of sarcasm in his tone."
19. signature: a distinguishing style.
  • "This room needs a woman's touch."
20. touching: the act of putting two things together with no space between them.
  • "At his touch the room filled with lights."
21. hint: a slight but appreciable amount.
  • "This dish could use a touch of garlic."
22. contact: a communicative interaction.
  • "He got in touch with his colleagues."
23. spot: a slight attack of illness.
  • "He has a touch of rheumatism."
24. the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan) .
  • "He watched the beggar trying to make a touch."
25. feeling: the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin.
  • "She likes the touch of silk on her skin."
26. deftness in handling matters.
  • "He has a master's touch."
27. the feel of mechanical action.
  • "This piano has a wonderful touch."
13c., from Old French touchier "to touch, hit, knock", from Vulgar Latin *toccare "to knock, strike" (as a bell), perhaps of imitative origin. Meaning "to get or borrow money" first recorded 1760. The noun is c.1300, from Old French touche "a touching." Touched "stirred emotionally" is from 1340; touching "affecting the emotions" is from 1601; touchy "too sensitive" is from 1605. Touch and go is apparently from a tag-like game, first recorded 1655. Touch-me-not (1597) translates Latin noli-me-tangere. Touchstone (1481) was black quartz, used for testing the quality of gold and silver alloys by the color of the streak made by rubbing them on it. Figurative sense is from 1533.