• WordNet 3.6
    • v retouch alter so as to produce a more desirable appearance "This photograph has been retouched!"
    • v retouch give retouches to (hair) "retouch the roots"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Retouch (Fine Arts) A partial reworking,as of a painting, a sculptor's clay model, or the like.
    • Retouch (Photog) To correct or change, as a negative, by handwork.
    • Retouch To touch again, or rework, in order to improve; to revise; as, to retouch a picture or an essay.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • retouch To touch or touch up again; improve by new touches; revise; specifically, in the fine arts, to improve, as a painting, by new touches; go over a second time, as a work of art, in order to restore or strengthen a faded part, make additions, or remove blemishes, for its general improvement.
    • n retouch A repeated touch; an additional touch given in revision; specifically, in the fine arts, additional work done on that which might previonsly have been regarded as finished.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Retouch rē-tuch′ to improve, as a picture, by new touches
    • n Retouch the reapplication of the artist's hand to a work:
    • n Retouch (phot.) the act of finishing and correcting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. re-, + touch,: cf. F. retoucher,


In literature:

It was the custom of Fra Angelico to abstain from retouching or improving any painting once finished.
"Six Centuries of Painting" by Randall Davies
I have retouched him slightly.
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
After it is dry, retouch the cheeks and lips with the same color.
"Crayon Portraiture" by Jerome A. Barhydt
Let them quite dry before retouching them.
"The Elements of Drawing" by John Ruskin
I could not get near enough to see whether it had been retouched.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
A language's rude classifications often serve, when retouched, for philosophy.
"Analysis of Mr. Mill's System of Logic" by William Stebbing
I am afraid that retouching would only injure it.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
As a rule he wisely forbore the retouching of his early poems.
"Henry Wadsworth Longfellow" by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
She touches and retouches her hair.
"Rambles in Womanland" by Max O'Rell
He speaks of smoked ground, while, as you have so admirably shown, white ground must be used for retouching.
"A Treatise on Etching" by Maxime Lalanne
Their beauty was somewhat faded, but was retouched by the arts of the toilet.
"The Blood of the Arena" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
D. Rivault's edition (Paris, 1615) gave the enunciations in Greek and the proofs in Latin somewhat retouched.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
But in person Karl Van de Vliet was debonair and youthful, living proof that his photo wasn't retouched and was recent.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
It is retouched, however, by his father, who honourably makes mention of the fact.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
Others too are to be found, but either doubtful in themselves, or injured by retouching.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
Eighty-seven plates have been inserted in this copy, many proofs, and some of Stothard's illustrations retouched for the engraver.
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 1 of 3)" by Various
Liana, as a daughter and a lover, retouched all his hopes with her own.
"Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)" by Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
It might want a little retouching here and there, but you will see and say.
"Charles Lever, His Life in His Letters, Vol. II (of II)" by Edmund Downey Charles James Lever
Weichman "came also:" this time with his story carefully elaborated, touched and retouched here and there, and written down beforehand.
"The Judicial Murder of Mary E. Surratt" by David Miller DeWitt
But of 'condiments,' in the shape of last retouches, he was particularly fond.
"Famous European Artists" by Sarah K. Bolton

In poetry:

Entering the portals of manhood now,
The boy we loved from our knowledge slips,
With fresh consecration seal his brow,
With thy altar fire retouch his lips.
"Majority" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

About 50 politicians in France are backing a proposed law to label retouched images as such to help fight eating disorders and body-image issues among young women.
It's no secret that magazine covers get retouched, but is this Vogue's September issue with Lady Gaga going too far.
Victoria's Secret Model Without Retouching .
Smooth Skins offers effective skin- retouching for Photoshop.
And, I do prefer to individually retouch the images that my clients order.
Using Beauty Bar, you can make quick work of even the most thorough retouch .
And since I wanted to make sure to get things right, I asked developer Craig Minielly how he would use his action set to retouch this image.
The 30-minute retouch is where you have a few images that must be of really perfect quality.
Peforms fast, automatic skin retouching and smoothing.
You can sign in to your Facebook, MySpace, Photobucket, or Flickr page from the Web site and select a picture to retouch .
Blue Sky CGI is a boutique studio offering high-end CGI rendering and creative retouching services to the automotive, transportation and advertising industries.
Graphic artists and photographers who do a lot of retouching.
L'Oreal Forced to Pull Julia Roberts Ads After Watchdog Groups Deems Retouching Unrealistic.
Photo by David Conway, FS managing editor, with a Nikon D70 and some quick Photoshop retouching.
Magazine-Cover Retouching, Russian Style (Update: Or Not).

In science:

The arguments can be retouched to yield at least one interesting variation of the theorem.
Countable Support Iteration Revisited