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  5  definitions  found 
  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]: 
  Touching  \Touch"ing\,  a. 
  Affecting;  moving  pathetic;  as  a  touching  tale.  -- 
  {Touch"ing*ly},  adv 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Touching  \Touch"ing\,  prep. 
  Concerning;  with  respect  to 
  Now  as  touching  things  offered  unto  idols.  --1  Cor. 
  viii.  1. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Touching  \Touch"ing\,  n. 
  The  sense  or  act  of  feeling;  touch. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  arousing  affect;  "the  homecoming  of  the  released  hostages 
  was  an  affecting  scene";  "poignant  grief  cannot  endure 
  forever";  "his  gratitude  was  simple  and  touching"  [syn: 
  {affecting},  {poignant}] 
  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:  {touch}] 
  2:  the  act  of  putting  two  things  together  with  no  space  between 
  them  "at  his  touch  the  room  filled  with  lights"  [syn:  {touch}] 

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