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  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Touch  \Touch\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  compare  with  of  be  equal  to  --  usually  with  a 
  negative;  as  he  held  that  for  good  cheer  nothing  could 
  touch  an  open  fire.  [Colloq.] 
  2.  To  induce  to  give  or  lend;  to  borrow  from  as  to  touch 
  one  for  a  loan;  hence  to  steal  from  [Slang] 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Touch  \Touch\,  n. 
  1.  (Change  Ringing)  A  set  of  changes  less  than  the  total 
  possible  on  seven  bells,  that  is  less  than  5,040. 
  2.  An  act  of  borrowing  or  stealing.  [Slang] 
  3.  Tallow;  --  a  plumber's  term.  [Eng.] 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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 
  {Tocsin},  {Toccata}.] 
  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 
  rest  on 
  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.  --Pope. 
  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 
  books.  --Pope. 
  8.  To  affect  the  senses  or  the  sensibility  of  to  move  to 
  melt;  to  soften. 
  What  of  sweet  before  Hath  touched  my  sense  flat 
  seems  to  this  and  harsh.  --Milton. 
  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 
  right  --Pope. 
  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 
  it  --Moxon. 
  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 
  past  participle. 
  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. 
  {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 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Touch  \Touch\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  be  in  contact  to  be  in  a  state  of  junction,  so  that  no 
  space  is  between;  as  two  spheres  touch  only  at  points. 
  2.  To  fasten;  to  take  effect;  to  make  impression.  [R.] 
  Strong  waters  pierce  metals,  and  will  touch  upon 
  gold,  that  will  not  touch  upon  silver.  --Bacon. 
  3.  To  treat  anything  in  discourse,  especially  in  a  slight  or 
  casual  manner;  --  often  with  on  or  upon 
  If  the  antiquaries  have  touched  upon  it  they 
  immediately  quitted  it  --Addison. 
  4.  (Naut)  To  be  brought,  as  a  sail,  so  close  to  the  wind  that 
  its  weather  leech  shakes. 
  {To  touch  and  go}  (Naut.),  to  touch  bottom  lightly  and 
  without  damage,  as  a  vessel  in  motion. 
  {To  touch  at},  to  come  or  go  to  without  tarrying;  as  the 
  ship  touched  at  Lisbon. 
  {To  touch  on}  or  {upon},  to  come  or  go  to  for  a  short  time. 
  I  made  a  little  voyage  round  the  lake,  and  touched 
  on  the  several  towns  that  lie  on  its  coasts. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Touch  \Touch\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  touche.  See  {Touch},  v.  ] 
  1.  The  act  of  touching,  or  the  state  of  being  touched; 
  Their  touch  affrights  me  as  a  serpent's  sting. 
  2.  (Physiol.)  The  sense  by  which  pressure  or  traction  exerted 
  on  the  skin  is  recognized;  the  sense  by  which  the 
  properties  of  bodies  are  determined  by  contact  the 
  tactile  sense  See  {Tactile  sense},  under  {Tactile}. 
  The  spider's  touch,  how  exquisitely  fine.  --Pope. 
  Note:  Pure  tactile  feelings  are  necessarily  rare  since 
  temperature  sensations  and  muscular  sensations  are  more 
  or  less  combined  with  them  The  organs  of  touch  are 
  found  chiefly  in  the  epidermis  of  the  skin  and  certain 
  underlying  nervous  structures. 
  3.  Act  or  power  of  exciting  emotion. 
  Not  alone  The  death  of  Fulvia,  with  more  urgent 
  touches,  Do  strongly  speak  to  us  --Shak. 
  4.  An  emotion  or  affection. 
  A  true,  natural,  and  a  sensible  touch  of  mercy. 
  5.  Personal  reference  or  application.  [Obs.] 
  Speech  of  touch  toward  others  should  be  sparingly 
  used  --Bacon. 
  6.  A  stroke;  as  a  touch  of  raillery;  a  satiric  touch;  hence 
  animadversion;  censure;  reproof. 
  I  never  bare  any  touch  of  conscience  with  greater 
  regret.  --Eikon 
  7.  A  single  stroke  on  a  drawing  or  a  picture. 
  Never  give  the  least  touch  with  your  pencil  till  you 
  have  well  examined  your  design.  --Dryden. 
  8.  Feature;  lineament;  trait. 
  Of  many  faces,  eyes,  and  hearts,  To  have  the  touches 
  dearest  prized.  --Shak. 
  9.  The  act  of  the  hand  on  a  musical  instrument;  bence,  in  the 
  plural,  musical  notes. 
  Soft  stillness  and  the  night  Become  the  touches  of 
  sweet  harmony.  --Shak. 
  10.  A  small  quantity  intermixed;  a  little;  a  dash. 
  Eyes  La  touch  of  Sir  Peter  Lely  in  them  --Hazlitt. 
  Madam,  I  have  a  touch  of  your  condition.  --Shak. 
  11.  A  hint;  a  suggestion;  slight  notice. 
  A  small  touch  will  put  him  in  mind  of  them 
  12.  A  slight  and  brief  essay.  [Colloq.] 
  Print  my  preface  in  such  form  as  in  the 
  booksellers'  phrase,  will  make  a  sixpenny  touch. 
  13.  A  touchstone;  hence  stone  of  the  sort  used  for 
  touchstone.  [Obs.]  ``  Now  do  I  play  the  touch.''  --Shak. 
  A  neat  new  monument  of  touch  and  alabaster. 
  14.  Hence  examination  or  trial  by  some  decisive  standard; 
  test;  proof;  tried  quality. 
  Equity,  the  true  touch  of  all  laws.  --Carew. 
  Friends  of  noble  touch  .  --Shak. 
  15.  (Mus.)  The  particular  or  characteristic  mode  of  action 
  or  the  resistance  of  the  keys  of  an  instrument  to  the 
  fingers;  as  a  heavy  touch,  or  a  light  touch;  also  the 
  manner  of  touching,  striking,  or  pressing  the  keys  of  a 
  piano;  as  a  legato  touch;  a  staccato  touch. 
  16.  (Shipbilding)  The  broadest  part  of  a  plank  worked  top  and 
  but  (see  {Top  and  but},  under  {Top},  n.),  or  of  one 
  worked  anchor-stock  fashion  (that  is  tapered  from  the 
  middle  to  both  ends);  also  the  angles  of  the  stern 
  timbers  at  the  counters.  --J.  Knowles. 
  17.  (Football)  That  part  of  the  field  which  is  beyond  the 
  line  of  flags  on  either  side  --Encyc.  of  Rural  Sports. 
  18.  A  boys'  game;  tag. 
  {In  touch}  (Football),  outside  of  bounds.  --T.  Hughes. 
  {To  be  in  touch},  to  be  in  contact  or  in  sympathy. 
  {To  keep  touch}. 
  a  To  be  true  or  punctual  to  a  promise  or  engagement 
  [Obs.];  hence  to  fulfill  duly  a  function. 
  My  mind  and  senses  keep  touch  and  time.  --Sir 
  W.  Scott. 
  b  To  keep  in  contact  to  maintain  connection  or 
  sympathy;  --  with  with  or  of 
  {Touch  and  go},  a  phrase  descriptive  of  a  narrow  escape. 
  {True  as  touch}  (i.  e.,  touchstone),  quite  true.  [Obs.] 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  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"  [syn:  {touching}] 
  2:  the  faculty  of  touch;  "only  sight  and  touch  enable  us  to 
  locate  objects  in  the  space  around  us"  [syn:  {sense  of 
  touch},  {skin  senses},  {touch  modality},  {cutaneous  senses}] 
  3:  a  suggestion  of  some  quality;  "there  was  a  touch  of  sarcasm 
  in  his  tone";  "he  detected  a  ghost  of  a  smile  on  her  face" 
  [syn:  {trace},  {ghost}] 
  4:  a  distinguishing  style;  "this  room  needs  a  woman's  touch" 
  [syn:  {signature}] 
  5:  the  act  of  putting  two  things  together  with  no  space  between 
  them  "at  his  touch  the  room  filled  with  lights"  [syn:  {touching}] 
  6:  a  small  but  appreciable  amount;  "this  dish  could  use  a  touch 
  of  garlic"  [syn:  {hint},  {mite},  {pinch},  {jot},  {speck}, 
  7:  a  communicative  interaction;  "the  pilot  made  contact  with 
  the  base";  "he  got  in  touch  with  his  colleagues"  [syn:  {contact}] 
  8:  a  slight  attack  of  illness;  "he  has  a  touch  of  rheumatism" 
  [syn:  {spot}] 
  9:  the  act  of  soliciting  money  (as  a  gift  or  loan);  "he  watched 
  the  beggar  trying  to  make  a  touch" 
  10:  the  sensation  produced  by  pressure  receptors  in  the  skin; 
  "she  likes  the  touch  of  silk  on  her  skin";  "the  surface 
  had  a  greasy  feeling"  [syn:  {touch  sensation},  {tactual 
  sensation},  {tactile  sensation},  {feeling}] 
  11:  deftness  in  handling  matters;  "he  has  a  master's  touch" 
  12:  the  feel  of  mechanical  action:  "this  piano  has  a  wonderful 
  v  1:  make  physical  contact  with  come  in  contact  with  "Touch  the 
  stone  for  good  luck";  "She  never  touched  her  husband"; 
  "The  two  buildings  almost  touch" 
  2:  perceive  via  the  tactile  sense 
  3:  affect  emotionally;  "A  stirring  movie";  "I  was  touched  by 
  your  kind  letter  of  sympathy"  [syn:  {stir}] 
  4:  be  about  have  to  do  with  be  relevant  to  refer,  pertain, 
  or  relate  to  "What's  this  novel  all  about?";  "There  were 
  lots  of  questions  referring  to  her  talk"  [syn:  {refer},  {pertain}, 
  {relate},  {concern},  {come  to},  {bear  on},  {touch  on}] 
  5:  be  in  contact  with  [syn:  {adjoin},  {meet}] 
  6:  have  an  effect  upon  "Will  the  new  rules  affect  me?"  [syn:  {affect}, 
  {impact},  {bear  upon},  {bear  on},  {touch  on}] 
  7:  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" 
  8:  cause  to  be  in  brief  contact  with  "He  touched  his  toes  to 
  the  horse's  flanks" 
  9:  to  extend  as  far  as  "The  sunlight  reached  the  wall";"Can  he 
  reach?"  [syn:  {reach},  {extend  to}] 
  10:  be  equal  to  in  quality  or  ability;  "Nothing  can  rival 
  cotton  for  durability"  [syn:  {equal},  {rival},  {match}] 
  11:  temper  with  "Don't  touch  my  CDs!"  [syn:  {disturb}] 
  12:  make  a  more  or  less  disguised  reference  to  "He  alluded  to 
  the  problem  but  did  not  mention  it"  [syn:  {allude},  {advert}] 
  13:  comprehend;  "He  could  not  touch  the  meaning  of  the  poem" 
  14:  touch,  as  of  food;  "She  didn't  touch  her  food  all  night" 
  [syn:  {partake}] 
  15:  dye  with  a  color  [syn:  {tint},  {tinct},  {bepaint},  {tinge}] 

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