• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Touch-down the touching to the ground of a football by a player behind the opponents' goal
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  • Gregory Nunn
    Gregory Nunn
    “The most touching epitaph I ever encountered was on the tombstone of the printer of Edinburgh. It said simply: He kept down the cost and set the type right.”


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


In literature:

The following morning I went down before even Firm was out-of-doors, under some touch, perhaps, of natural desire to know things.
"Erema" by R. D. Blackmore
It is very hard to touch the heart of a woman who is down, though they are intensely sympathetic amongst themselves.
"The Rising of the Court" by Henry Lawson
He had many questions to ask me touching the attempt upon my life, and my replies were jotted down in his memorandum-book.
"The Master of Silence" by Irving Bacheller
Burley bent down as if to kiss her, and then drew back, perhaps with a sentiment that his lips were not worthy to touch that innocent brow.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Reaching down in the darkness, his hand touched a sheet of paper or parchment, which he picked up.
"Jack North's Treasure Hunt" by Roy Rockwood
On his way down the street, he heard footsteps behind him, and felt himself touched on the shoulder.
"Heart and Science" by Wilkie Collins
She bent down and touched him.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
I went about with my brush, touching up and toning down; a very pretty chiaroscuro you'll find in my track!
"A Passionate Pilgrim" by Henry James
There was nothing above the reach of his mind, it seemed, and nothing too low for him to bend down and touch.
"Barlasch of the Guard" by H. S. Merriman
They need but meet, and the job is done; true fire and tinder, touch and take; down falls nun, and up gets friar.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book IV." by Francois Rabelais

In poetry:

My heart already touched and sad
The blanket down I gently drew
And saw a sturdy form, well clad
From head to heel in Blue.
"Under One Blanket" by James Barron Hope
Who touched that little tender chord
Within their youthful hearts,
And deep down in their youthful souls
Did God's own word impart?
"Sam Jones" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Because I have touched with my fingers a dress
That was Beauty’s; because that the breath of thy mouth
Is sweetness that lingers; because of each tress
Showered down on thy shoulders; because of the drouth
"Cui Bono?" by Henry Kendall
The tears that trickled down our eyes,
They do not touch the earth to-day;
But soar like angels to the skies,
And, like the angels, may not die;
For ah! our immortality
Flows thro' each tear -- sounds in each sigh.
"Tears" by Abram Joseph Ryan
For ye know, when I pour'd out my soul on the lute,
How she hung down her head, so expressively mute!
From my hand she would take it, still breathing my pain;
She would touch it—return it—and smile at the strain.
"The Song Of Grief" by Sir John Carr
She stood, my Mary, on the wall below,
Poised on light, arching feet,
And drew the long, green branches down to show
Where hung, mid odors sweet,--
A tiny miracle to touch and view,--
The humming-bird's, small nest and pearls of blue.
"Mary" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

The birds in the front of the column would touch down, the birds behind following in sequence.
When the last of the birds touched down the birds in the front were on the rise.
The number of foreign visitors touching down in the country increased by nearly 16% last year alone.
A tornado touched down in eastern Park and Teller counties Tuesday afternoon, causing damage near 11 Mile Reservoir and Lake George.
Possible tornado touches down in Edgewater, Fla.
Jerry Pastors says the tornado that touched down in the city last year took off about one-third of the roof.
Apopka, but reportedly did not touch down.
It possibly touched down and remained in view for ten minutes.
WHAT SHE WORE Hathaway touched down at Heathrow Airport in layered separates including a tweed Theyskens' Theory jacket, layered necklaces, slim trousers and black Tory Burch flats.
Multiple tornadoes have touched down in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex today as severe thunderstorms move across the region.
Two tornadoes touched down around San Antonio Monday, damaging buildings and injuring several people.
A tornado touched down just east of Glyndon this afternoon.
Tornado Touches Down East of Glyndon.
Tornadoes Confirmed in Chautauqua County The National Weather Service yesterday confirmed tornadoes did touch down Monday night in Chautauqua County.
Just as Caleb and Candra Pence were finishing up their ceremony at a farmhouse in Harper, Kansas, two tornadoes touched down about five miles away.

In science:

It is sufficient to show that the cube [−1, 1]d is penetrated or touched only finitely often, coming from vertical direction (up or down).
Level Crossing Probabilities II: Polygonal Recurrence of Multidimensional Random Walks
P (n, r, r − i, +) that starts on the x-axis and end at height r − i, D is a down step and qi is a strictly negative path that start from height −i and touches the x-axis at the end.
Generalized Chung-Feller Theorems for Lattice Paths (Thesis)
The upper bound is reached only when n + m = 1, in which case the upper edge of the singular value band touches λ = 1 i.e., for n = m the spectrum extends down to λ = 0, whereas for n + m → 1, the spectrum develops a (1 − λ)−1/2 singularity, just before the appearance of a δ peak at λ = 1 of weight n + m − 1.
A Random Matrix Approach to Dynamic Factors in macroeconomic data
The presence of z in the denominator is natural as the down-jump happens to one of the z smaller triangles that touch the larger triangle.
Levy flights and multifractality in quantum critical diffusion and in classical random walks on fractals
Of course the resummation does not have to touch any inflection point where the resummation breaks down and further subtleties can be present, since at times the procedure can lead to oscillations.
Issues on tadpoles and vacuum redefinitions in String Theory