• Touching the match to victory
    Touching the match to victory
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj touching arousing affect "the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scene","poignant grief cannot endure forever","his gratitude was simple and touching"
    • n touching the act of putting two things together with no space between them "at his touch the room filled with lights"
    • n touching 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A kitten touches its front paws to the paws of a stone lion A kitten touches its front paws to the paws of a stone lion
If a man touches pitch If a man touches pitch
Sense of touch Sense of touch

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Touching and stroking a plant will aid in it growing healthy
    • a Touching tŭch"ĭng Affecting; moving; pathetic; as, a touching tale.
    • prep Touching Concerning; with respect to. "Now, as touching things offered unto idols."
    • n Touching The sense or act of feeling; touch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Roseanne's fear is anyone touching her toes.
    • touching Affecting; moving; pathetic.
    • n touching The act of one who touches, in any sense.
    • touching Concerning; relating to; with respect to: often preceded by as.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When a person dies, hearing is generally the last sense to go. The first sense lost is usually sight. Then follows taste, smell, and touch.
    • adj Touching affecting: moving: pathetic
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  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “Yes, I do touch. I believe that everyone needs that”
  • Yoshida Kenko
    Yoshida Kenko
    “The truth is at the beginning of anything and its end are alike touching.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “Camerado! This is no book; who touches this touches a man.”
  • Vivienne Westwood
    Vivienne Westwood
    “It is not possible for a man to be elegant without a touch of femininity.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “We do not do well except when we know where the best is and when we are assured that we have touched it and hold its power within us.”
  • Jerome K. Jerome
    “It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy. It is in our follies that we are one.”


Golden touch - Someone with a golden touch can make money from or be successful at anything they do.
Keep in touch - If you keep in touch with someone, you keep communicating with them even though you may live far apart.
Kicked to touch - Touch is a zone of the playing field in Rugby. Kicked to touch means the ball was put safely out of play. Idiomatic usage usually means a person has deftly avoided an issue in argument.
Midas touch - If someone has the Midas touch, they make a lot of money out of any scheme they try.
Touch and go - If something is touch and go, the result is uncertain and could be good or bad.
Touch base - If you touch base with someone, you contact them.
Touch wood - This idiom is used to wish for good luck. ('Knock on wood' is also used.)
Touch-and-go - If something is touch-and-go, it is very uncertain; if someone is ill and may well die, then it is touch-and-go.
Wouldn't touch it with a bargepole - (UK) If you wouldn't touch something with a bargepole, you would not consider being involved under any circumstances. (In American English, people say they wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole)
Wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole - (USA) If you wouldn't touch something with a ten-foot pole, you would not consider being involved under any circumstances. (In British English, people say they wouldn't touch it with a bargepole)


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


In literature:

Whenever we touch her we touch imagination.
"The Poetry Of Robert Browning" by Stopford A. Brooke
MacLean looked at it, sighed, then touched it with his own.
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
He alone of the little crew had a touch of genius.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
The two touched hands.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
He had the gratification to see her clap a hand to her side directly she touched it; but no more.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
They had touched their goal, it was really there.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Thou hast touched my soul, hast touched my heart.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
God has removed the touch since he plunged in the water.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
How, indeed, shall any other man touch my hand which had before been touched by thyself who art a Rishi?
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Commissioned to a task, one should not touch bribes for by such appropriation one becometh liable to fetters or death.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"

In poetry:

Turn from the altar, bondsman!
Nor touch a British bride!
What? Woulds! thou bear her blushing
For thee at thine own side?
"Our Cheer" by Ernest Jones
She trod the earth so lightly
Her feet touched not a thorn;
Her words wore all the brightness
Of a young life's happy morn.
"A Laugh -- And A Moan" by Abram Joseph Ryan
But ever as Apollo touch'd his lyre,
Within me there upsprung
A longing for high music—a desire
For something to be sung.
"In Tempe" by Alexander Anderson
He touched the eyelids of the blind,
And lo! the veil withdrawn,
As o'er the midnight of the mind
He led the light of dawn.
"A Memorial tribute" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The foe who aim'd the fatal dart
Now heard his dying sighs;
Compassion touch'd his yielding heart,
To ALBERT'S aid he flies.
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
"And 'neath the proud and grand old trees
That seemed to touch the sky,
We prayed, alike with lowly head,
The violets and I.
"The Vesper Chime" by Mary Gardiner Horsford

In news:

There will be a few up close that you can touch and feed, including a new baby born this past weekend.
Chao brings his trademark reggae grooves and cell phone-synth touches.
BBQ ambrosia salad a touch of spring in winter.
TCU chancellor says the architect was right to battle for extra touches in the new Amon G Carter Stadium.
Valentine's Day—or just Tuesday—anytime is a good time to indulge in these rich, dark chocolate Bundt cakes with white chocolate frosting and just a touch of brandy.
Berliner out of touch on Crescent Trail tunnel.
Spiller to get more touches should get their wish Thursday against the Miami Dolphins.
Obama 'is so out of touch'.
EARNING IT;Blue-Collar Training Gets the Black-Tie Touch.
Braille Touch, an app developed by Georgia Tech researchers, makes it possible… (Georgia Tech ).
The balloon raised back up after touching down in high grass.
Edoardo Gori touches down for Italy in their convincing win on Tuesday.
She looks just a **little** touched-up here, huh.
Evoking Decadence With a Wild Touch.

In science:

As Brownian curves are not differentiable, SLEκ curves may have self-touching points.
SLE description of the nodal lines of random wave functions
Introduction. – This theme has been touched by me in several contexts, see in particular , and references therein.
Geometrical optics in general relativity
Superficially, the definition of Cn,m seems to be too restricted, since it considers only the even number 2m and allowing touching y = x.
Some identities and formulas involving generalized Catalan numbers
Figure 7. A path defining Cn+m+1, m+1 whose first touch at y = x − 1 is (a, a − 1) and whose first touch at y = x is (a + b, a + b) for some a, b ≥ 0 and a + b ≤ n.
Some identities and formulas involving generalized Catalan numbers
K because the random walk starting in K touches necessarily in x before reaching 0.
Copolymer at selective interfaces and pinning potentials: weak coupling limits