Touch Definition

Define what is Touch?

1. touch, touching (noun)

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.
Synonyms: touching

impinging, striking, contact noun
the physical coming together of two or more things.


light touch, brush noun
momentary contact.

stroke noun
a light touch.

2. touch (verb)

make physical contact with, come in contact with.

  • Touch the stone for good luck.
  • She never touched her husband.

engage verb
get caught.

touch verb
cause to be in brief contact with.

toe verb
touch with the toe.

pick up verb
take up by hand.

strike, hit verb
produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically.

finger, thumb verb
feel or handle with the fingers.

feel verb
pass one's hands over the sexual organs of.

palpate, feel verb
examine (a body part) by palpation.

palm, handle verb
touch, lift, or hold with the hands.

stroke verb
touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions.

collide with, impinge on, hit, run into, strike verb
hit against; come into sudden contact with.

brush verb
touch lightly and briefly.

skim, skim over verb
move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of.

hit verb
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument.

strike verb
deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon.

buss, kiss, snog, osculate verb
touch with the lips or press the lips (against someone's mouth or other body part) as an expression of love, greeting, etc..

kiss verb
touch lightly or gently.

mouth verb
touch with the mouth.

press verb
exert pressure or force to or upon.

tag verb
touch a player while he is holding the ball.

3. touch (verb)

perceive via the tactile sense.

  • Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her.

perceive, comprehend verb
to become aware of through the senses.

4. cutaneous senses, sense of touch, skin senses, touch modality, touch (noun)

the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands).

  • only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us.

exteroception noun
sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body.

somatosense noun
any of the sensory systems that mediate sensations of pressure and tickle and warmth and cold and vibration and limb position and limb movement and pain.

5. touch, stir (verb)

affect emotionally.

  • A stirring movie.
  • I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy.
Synonyms: stir

impress, strike, affect, move verb
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon.


get verb
evoke an emotional response.

6. touch, trace, ghost (noun)

a suggestion of some quality.

  • there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone.
  • he detected a ghost of a smile on her face.
Synonyms: trace, ghost

proffer, proposition, suggestion noun
a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection.

7. signature, touch (noun)

a distinguishing style.

  • this room needs a woman's touch.
Synonyms: signature

fashion, manner, mode, style, way noun
how something is done or how it happens.


common touch noun
the property of appealing to people in general (usually by appearing to have qualities in common with them).

8. bear on, concern, have-to doe with, pertain, come to, refer, relate, touch on, touch (verb)

be relevant to.

  • There were lots of questions referring to her talk.
  • My remark pertained to your earlier comments.

center, center on, concentrate on, focus on, revolve about, revolve around verb
center upon.

go for, apply, hold verb
be pertinent or relevant or applicable.

involve, affect, regard verb
connect closely and often incriminatingly.

matter to, interest verb
be of importance or consequence.

9. touching, touch (noun)

the act of putting two things together with no space between them.

  • at his touch the room filled with lights.
Synonyms: touching

human action, human activity, act, deed noun
something that people do or cause to happen.


physical contact, contact noun
the act of touching physically.

dab, pat, tap noun
a light touch or stroke.

hitting, hit, striking noun
the act of contacting one thing with another.

jab, dig noun
the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow.

kiss noun
a light glancing touch.

buss, kiss, osculation noun
the act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof).

snap, grab, snatch, catch noun
the act of catching an object with the hands.

handling, manipulation noun
the action of touching with the hands (or the skillful use of the hands) or by the use of mechanical means.

fingering noun
touching something with the fingers.

grope noun
the act of groping; and instance of groping.

palpation, tactual exploration noun
a method of examination in which the examiner feels the size or shape or firmness or location of something (of body parts when the examiner is a health professional).

tickling, tickle, titillation noun
the act of tickling.

stroking, stroke noun
a light touch with the hands.

tag noun
(sports) the act of touching a player in a game (which changes their status in the game).

lick, lap noun
touching with the tongue.

grazing, shaving, skimming noun
the act of brushing against while passing.

10. adjoin, contact, touch, meet (verb)

be in direct physical contact with; make contact.

  • The two buildings touch.
  • Their hands touched.
  • The wire must not contact the metal cover.
  • The surfaces contact at this point.
Synonyms: adjoin, contact, meet

spread over, cover verb
form a cover over.

cling, cohere, adhere, cleave, stick verb
come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation.

scratch, fray, rub, chafe, fret verb
cause friction.

attach verb
be attached; be in contact with.

hug verb
fit closely or tightly.

abut, adjoin, butt, butt against, butt on, edge, border, MArch verb
lie adjacent to another or share a boundary.

border, environ, surround, skirt, ring verb
extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle.

lean against, lean on, rest on verb
rest on for support.

11. affect, bear upon, bear on, impact, touch on, touch (verb)

have an effect upon.

  • Will the new rules affect me?.

alter, change, modify verb
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation.


strike a blow verb
affect adversely.

repercuss verb
cause repercussions; have an unwanted effect.

tell on verb
produce an effect or strain on somebody.

redound verb
have an effect for good or ill.

stimulate, excite verb
act as a stimulant.

process, treat verb
subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition.

hydrolise, hydrolize verb
make a compound react with water and undergo hydrolysis.

tinge, color, colour, distort verb
affect as in thought or feeling.

endanger, peril, queer, scupper, expose verb
put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position.

hit, strike verb
affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely.

subject verb
cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to.

discommode, disoblige, incommode, inconvenience, put out, trouble, bother verb
to cause inconvenience or discomfort to.

act upon, influence, work verb
have and exert influence or effect.

slam-dunk verb
make a forceful move against.

12. mite, soupcon, tinge, jot, hint, pinch, speck, touch (noun)

a slight but appreciable amount.

  • this dish could use a touch of garlic.
Synonyms: mite, soupcon, tinge, jot, hint, pinch, speck

small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity noun
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude.


snuff noun
a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time.

13. touch (verb)

deal with; usually used with a form of negation.

  • I wouldn't touch her with a ten-foot pole.
  • The local Mafia won't touch gambling.

handle, manage, care, deal verb
be in charge of, act on, or dispose of.

14. touch, contact (noun)

a communicative interaction.

  • the pilot made contact with the base.
  • he got in touch with his colleagues.
Synonyms: contact

communicating, communication noun
the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information.

15. touch (verb)

cause to be in brief contact with.

  • He touched his toes to the horse's flanks.

touch verb
make physical contact with, come in contact with.

16. touch, spot (noun)

a slight attack of illness.

  • he has a touch of rheumatism.
Synonyms: spot

attack noun
a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition.

17. extend to, reach, touch (verb)

to extend as far as.

  • The sunlight reached the wall.
  • Can he reach?.
  • The chair must not touch the wall.
Synonyms: extend to, reach

Be verb
occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere.


reach into verb
run into or up to.

18. touch (noun)

the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan).

  • he watched the beggar trying to make a touch.

solicitation noun
an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status.

19. tactile sensation, tactual sensation, touch sensation, feeling, touch (noun)

the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin.

  • she likes the touch of silk on her skin.
  • the surface had a greasy feeling.

perception noun
the process of perceiving.


creepiness noun
an uneasy sensation as of insects creeping on your skin.

cutaneous sensation, haptic sensation, skin sensation noun
a sensation localized on the skin.

20. rival, equal, match, touch (verb)

be equal to in quality or ability.

  • Nothing can rival cotton for durability.
  • Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues.
  • Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents.
Synonyms: rival, equal, match

compete, vie, contend verb
compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others.

21. touch (noun)

deftness in handling matters.

  • he has a master's touch.

adeptness, adroitness, deftness, quickness, facility noun
skillful performance or ability without difficulty.


capstone, copestone, finishing touch noun
a final touch; a crowning achievement; a culmination.

22. disturb, touch (verb)

tamper with.

  • Don't touch my CDs!.
Synonyms: disturb

alter, change, modify verb
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation.


upset verb
disturb the balance or stability of.

violate verb

23. touch (noun)

the feel of mechanical action.

  • this piano has a wonderful touch.

tactile property, feel noun
a property perceived by touch.

24. allude, advert, touch (verb)

make a more or less disguised reference to.

  • He alluded to the problem but did not mention it.
Synonyms: allude, advert

hint, suggest verb
drop a hint; intimate by a hint.

25. touch (verb)


  • He could not touch the meaning of the poem.

understand verb
know and comprehend the nature or meaning of.

26. partake, touch (verb)


  • She didn't touch her food all night.
Synonyms: partake

ingest, consume, have, take in, take verb
serve oneself to, or consume regularly.


receive verb
partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament.

27. tinct, tint, tinge, touch (verb)

color lightly.

  • her greying hair was tinged blond.
  • the leaves were tinged red in November.
Synonyms: tinct, tint, tinge

henna verb
apply henna to one's hair.

tincture verb
stain or tint with a color.

complexion verb
give a certain color to.

Nearby Terms

touch a chord (verb)
evoke a reaction, response, or emotion

touch base (verb)
establish communication with someone

touch down (verb)
come or bring (a plane) to a landing

touch football (noun)
a version of American football in which the ball carrier is touched rather than tackled

touch modality (noun)
the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands)

touch off (verb)
put in motion or move to act

touch on (verb)
refer to or discuss briefly

touch perception (noun)
the faculty of perceiving (via the skin) pressure or heat or pain

touch screen (noun)
a computer display that enables the user to interact with the computer by touching areas on the screen

touch sensation (noun)
the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin

touch system (noun)
typewriting in which the fingers are trained to hit particular keys; typist can read and type at the same time

touch typing (noun)
typewriting in which the fingers are trained to hit particular keys; typist can read and type at the same time

touch up (verb)
alter so as to produce a more desirable appearance

touch-and-go (adjective satellite)
fraught with danger

touch-me-not (noun)
North American annual plant with usually yellow or orange flowers; grows chiefly on wet rather acid soil