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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Touch \Touch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Touched; p. pr. & vb. n.
Touching.] [F. toucher, OF. touchier, tuchier; of Teutonic
origin; cf. OHG. zucchen, zukken, to twitch, pluck, draw, G.
zukken, zukken, v. intens. fr. OHG. ziohan to draw, G.
ziehen, akin to E. tug. See Tuck, v. t., Tug, and cf.
1. To come in contact with; to hit or strike lightly against;
to extend the hand, foot, or the like, so as to reach or
Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear
Touched lightly. --Milton.
2. To perceive by the sense of feeling.
Nothing but body can be touched or touch. --Greech.
3. To come to; to reach; to attain to.
The god, vindictive, doomed them never more
Ah, men unblessed! -- to touch their natal shore.
4. To try; to prove, as with a touchstone. [Obs.]
Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed. --Shak.
5. To relate to; to concern; to affect.
The quarrel toucheth none but us alone. --Shak.
6. To handle, speak of, or deal with; to treat of.
Storial thing that toucheth gentilesse. --Chaucer.
7. To meddle or interfere with; as, I have not touched the
8. To affect the senses or the sensibility of; to move; to
melt; to soften; especially, to cause feelings of pity,
compassion, sympathy, or gratitude in.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
What of sweet before
Hath touched my sense, flat seems to this and harsh.
The tender sire was touched with what he said.
9. To mark or delineate with touches; to add a slight stroke
to with the pencil or brush.
The lines, though touched but faintly, are drawn
10. To infect; to affect slightly. --Bacon.
11. To make an impression on; to have effect upon.
Its face . . . so hard that a file will not touch
12. To strike; to manipulate; to play on; as, to touch an
instrument of music.
[They] touched their golden harps. --Milton.
13. To perform, as a tune; to play.
A person is the royal retinue touched a light and
lively air on the flageolet. --Sir W.
14. To influence by impulse; to impel forcibly. " No decree
of mine, . . . [to] touch with lightest moment of impulse
his free will," --Milton.
15. To harm, afflict, or distress.
Let us make a covenant with thee, that thou wilt do
us no hurt, as we have not touched thee. --Gen.
xxvi. 28, 29.
16. To affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree;
to make partially insane; -- rarely used except in the
She feared his head was a little touched. --Ld.
17. (Geom.) To be tangent to. See Tangent, a.
18. To lay a hand upon for curing disease.
19. To compare with; to be equal to; -- usually with a
negative; as, he held that for good cheer nothing could
touch an open fire. [Colloq.]
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
20. To induce to give or lend; to borrow from; as, to touch
one for a loan; hence, to steal from. [Slang]
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
To touch a sail (Naut.), to bring it so close to the wind
that its weather leech shakes.
To touch the wind (Naut.), to keep the ship as near the
wind as possible.
To touch up, to repair; to improve by touches or
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