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NOUN (2)

1. the event of something coming in contact with the body;
- Example: "he longed for the touch of her hand"
- Example: "the cooling touch of the night air"
[syn: touch, touching]

2. the act of putting two things together with no space between them;
- Example: "at his touch the room filled with lights"
[syn: touch, touching]


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. arousing affect;
- Example: "the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scene"
- Example: "poignant grief cannot endure forever"
- Example: "his gratitude was simple and touching"
[syn: affecting, poignant, touching]


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. 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. [1913 Webster] Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear Touched lightly. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To perceive by the sense of feeling. [1913 Webster] Nothing but body can be touched or touch. --Greech. [1913 Webster] 3. To come to; to reach; to attain to. [1913 Webster] The god, vindictive, doomed them never more Ah, men unblessed! -- to touch their natal shore. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 4. To try; to prove, as with a touchstone. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. To relate to; to concern; to affect. [1913 Webster] The quarrel toucheth none but us alone. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. To handle, speak of, or deal with; to treat of. [1913 Webster] Storial thing that toucheth gentilesse. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 7. To meddle or interfere with; as, I have not touched the books. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 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. --Milton. [1913 Webster] The tender sire was touched with what he said. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 9. To mark or delineate with touches; to add a slight stroke to with the pencil or brush. [1913 Webster] The lines, though touched but faintly, are drawn right. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 10. To infect; to affect slightly. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 11. To make an impression on; to have effect upon. [1913 Webster] Its face . . . so hard that a file will not touch it. --Moxon. [1913 Webster] 12. To strike; to manipulate; to play on; as, to touch an instrument of music. [1913 Webster] [They] touched their golden harps. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 13. To perform, as a tune; to play. [1913 Webster] A person is the royal retinue touched a light and lively air on the flageolet. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 14. To influence by impulse; to impel forcibly. " No decree of mine, . . . [to] touch with lightest moment of impulse his free will," --Milton. [1913 Webster] 15. To harm, afflict, or distress. [1913 Webster] Let us make a covenant with thee, that thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee. --Gen. xxvi. 28, 29. [1913 Webster] 16. To affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree; to make partially insane; -- rarely used except in the past participle. [1913 Webster] She feared his head was a little touched. --Ld. Lytton. [1913 Webster] 17. (Geom.) To be tangent to. See Tangent, a. [1913 Webster] 18. To lay a hand upon for curing disease. [1913 Webster] 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 emendation. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Touching \Touch"ing\ (t[u^]ch"[i^]ng), a. Affecting; moving; pathetic; as, a touching tale. -- Touch"ing*ly, adv. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Touching \Touch"ing\, prep. Concerning; with respect to. [1913 Webster] Now, as touching things offered unto idols. --1 Cor. viii. 1. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Touching \Touch"ing\, n. The sense or act of feeling; touch. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

touching adj 1: 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, touching] 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, touching] 2: the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights" [syn: touch, touching]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

148 Moby Thesaurus words for "touching": about, abutting, adjoining, affecting, afflictive, against, anent, apropos of, as for, as regards, as respects, as to, attouchement, bitter, bleak, bordering, borrowing, brush, brushing, caress, caressing, cheerless, comfortless, compassionate, concerning, contact, contacting, conterminous, contiguous, contingence, contingent, debt, debtor, deplorable, depressing, depressive, discomforting, dismal, dismaying, distressful, distressing, doleful, dolorific, dolorogenic, dolorous, dreary, emotional, emotive, feeling, financing, fingering, friction, frottage, glance, glancing, graze, grazing, grievous, handling, heartrending, hire purchase, hitting, hitting-up, hocking, impingement, impingence, impingent, impinging, impressive, in connection with, in contact, in point of, in re, in reference to, in regard to, in relation to, in relation with, in respect to, installment buying, installment plan, joyless, juxtaposed, kiss, lamentable, manipulation, meeting, money-raising, mortgaging, mournful, moving, nudge, nudging, of, on, osculation, osculatory, overlapping, painful, palpation, pathetic, pawning, pertaining to, pertinent to, petting, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, pledging, poignant, pressure, re, referring to, regarding, regrettable, relating to, relative to, respecting, responsive, rub, rubbing, rueful, sad, saddening, sharp, sore, sorrowful, soul-stirring, speaking of, stirring, stroking, sympathetic, taction, tangency, tangent, tangential, tear-jerking, tender, tentative contact, to, touch, uncomfortable, up against, upon, with regard to, with respect to, woebegone, woeful, wretched