• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Touch-back the act of touching the football to the ground behind the player's own goal when it has been kicked by an opponent
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  • Anthony Storr
    Anthony Storr
    “The professional must learn to be moved and touched emotionally, yet at the same time stand back objectively: I've seen a lot of damage done by tea and sympathy.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. toucher—from Old High Ger. zucchen (Ger. zucken), to move, to draw.


In literature:

When I had touched the latch I dropped it, and, coming back to the bed, held out my hand.
"Dracula's Guest" by Bram Stoker
A hand extended about a foot encountered the back of an upholstered chair, which he identified by touch.
"Alias The Lone Wolf" by Louis Joseph Vance
I found a man lying on the ground, and, according to instructions, did not touch him, but went back for help.
"The Velvet Glove" by Henry Seton Merriman
Of course there were the lonely days and weeks and months when everything we touched or saw brought back the memory of her.
"Making the House a Home" by Edgar A. Guest
Noticing his shoulder was just touching hers, and feeling a trifle weary on her camp-stool, she leaned back a little.
"The Green Mouse" by Robert W. Chambers
With finger-tips touching the door-knob Sofia was checked and twitched back so violently that she was all but thrown off her feet.
"Red Masquerade" by Louis Joseph Vance
A cold muzzle thrust against his cheek, and at its touch his soul leaped back to the present.
"Children of the Frost" by Jack London
I had not proceeded half a dozen yards when my hand touched a bare leg, and I drew back hastily.
"The White Waterfall" by James Francis Dwyer
Thor continued to back until his great hips touched the stone.
"The Grizzly King" by James Oliver Curwood
The big Bear limped back to his mate, but she no longer responded to his touch.
"Monarch, The Big Bear of Tallac" by Ernest Thompson Seton

In poetry:

How strange that an old-world ballad,
Away far back in the years,
Should still have the same sad magic,
To touch the source of our tears.
"An Old-World Ballad" by Alexander Anderson
Near him she stole, rank after rank;
She feared approach too loud;
She touched his garment's hem, and shrank
Back in the sheltering crowd.
"The Woman Who Came Behind Him In The Crowd" by George MacDonald
The wind speeds her,
Blowing upon her hands
And watery back.
She touches the clouds, where she goes
In the circle of her traverse of the sea.
"The Paltry Nude Starts On A Spring Voyage" by Wallace Stevens
She would not even touch my hand---.
The winds rose and the cedars fanned
The moon out, and the stars fled back
In heaven and hid-- and all was black!
"Last Night-- And This" by James Whitcomb Riley
IT'S my fear that my wake won't be quiet,
Nor my wake house a silent place :
For who would keep back the hundreds
Who would touch my breast and my face?
"A Connachtman" by Padraic Colum
And just like the wavelet that moans on the beach,
And, sighing, sinks back to the sea,
So my song -- it just touches the rude shores of speech,
And its music melts back into me.
"A Song" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

Ginobili hopeful to get touch back.
Touched on several topics, not the least of which was being lured back to the road to serve as manager of Tony Bennett 's world tour this summer.
Launched in 2000 as a back-bedroom hobby to put old school friends back in touch, it swiftly became a British media phenomenon.
Addition of Marshall has reduced running back's touches.
54-year-old Kerry Adams is accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl back on Wednesday, March 7.
0Hamilton touched an entire country with a letter she sent back in 2004.
Hamilton touched an entire country with a letter she sent back in 2004.
This summer it's back — but with a local band and a 21st-century touch.
Kris, 33, of Laramie, Wyoming, recently got back in touch with an old friend.
Longhorns preach balance, but backs will get touches.
I just turned 60, and before I get any older I would like to get back in touch with some long-lost friends from years ago.
He touched me back with a kick to the groin.
"It's sort of like how every family has one person who can bend his thumb back and touch his wrist," he said the other day.
Back then, I wouldn't even touch pumpkin pie.
Triple 5 Soul gets back in touch with the urban groove at a New York store by Readymade Projects.

In science:

When a particle hits a reflecting boundary it reflects back, when it touches an absorbing boundary it stops. ) within the formalism of It is known (see e.g. the diffusion equation that a reflecting boundary gives rise to the Neumann boundary condition and an absorbing one corresponds to the Dirichlet condition.
SLE description of the nodal lines of random wave functions
After this detour, I come back to kaons, i.e. the kaon–nucleon system as discussed by Olin 53) , touched upon by Gasser 42) and for a recent review, see ref. 54) .
Hadronic Physics
So I think we just have a PR-reality problem about what science is about. (George) Wei-Shu Hou I would like to make several remarks touching on all that has been said. I think that on neutrino physics, I held back on one question that I used to ask.
Round Table Discussion at the Final Session of FPCP 2008: The Future of Flavor Physics and CP
At about t = 300 s, it touches the boundary surface, and is then reflected by the boundary producing an echo at each of its footpoint, which propagates back into the corona.
Numerical Experiments of Wave-Like Phenomena Caused by the Disruption of an Unstable Magnetic Configuration
Furthermore, formation of the echo after the shock touches the boundary surface can be easily recognized from the panel of t = 300 s in Figure 4, and propagations of the echo back into the corona are apparently shown in the subsequent panels as well.
Numerical Experiments of Wave-Like Phenomena Caused by the Disruption of an Unstable Magnetic Configuration