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touch

 (tŭch)
v. touched, touch·ing, touch·es
v.tr.
1. To cause or permit a part of the body, especially the hand or fingers, to come in contact with so as to feel: reached out and touched the smooth stone.
2.
a. To bring something into light contact with: touched the sore spot with a probe.
b. To bring (one thing) into light contact with something else: grounded the radio by touching a wire to it; touching fire to a fuse.
3. To press or push lightly; tap: touched a control to improve the TV picture; touched 19 on the phone to get room service.
4. To lay hands on in violence: I never touched him!
5. To eat or drink; taste: She didn't touch her food.
6. To disturb or move by handling: Just don't touch anything in my room!
7.
a. To meet without going beyond; adjoin: the ridge where his property touches mine.
b. Mathematics To be tangent to.
c. To come up to; reach: when the thermometer touches 90°.
d. To match in quality; equal: Rival artists can't touch her work at its best.
8. To deal with, especially in passing; treat briefly or allusively: some remarks touching recent events.
9. To be pertinent to; concern: environmental problems that touch us all.
10. To affect the emotions of; move to tender response: an appeal that touched us deeply.
11. To injure slightly: plants touched by frost.
12. To color slightly; tinge: a white petal touched with pink.
13.
a. To draw with light strokes.
b. To change or improve by adding fine lines or strokes.
14. To stamp (tested metal).
15. Slang To wheedle a loan or handout from: touched a friend for five dollars.
16.
a. Archaic To strike or pluck the keys or strings of (a musical instrument).
b. To play (a musical piece).
v.intr.
1. To touch someone or something.
2. To be or come into contact: Don't let the live wires touch.
n.
1.
a. The act or an instance of touching.
b. A light push; a tap: an electric switch that requires just a touch.
c. Sports An instance of contacting or propelling the ball or puck: scored on the first touch.
2. The physiological sense by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body.
3. A sensation experienced in touching something with a characteristic texture: felt the touch of snowflakes on her face.
4. A discernible mark or effect left by contact with something.
5. A small change or addition, or the effect achieved by it: Candlelight provided just the right touch.
6. A suggestion, hint, or tinge: a touch of jealousy.
7. A mild attack: a touch of the flu.
8. A small amount; a dash: a touch of paprika.
9.
a. A manner or technique of striking the keys of a keyboard instrument: He played briskly with a light touch.
b. The resistance to pressure characteristic of the keys of a keyboard: an old piano with uneven touch.
10. An ability to propel a ball a desired distance; control or accuracy: a golfer with no touch around the green.
11. A facility; a knack: retained his touch as a carpenter in his retirement.
12. A characteristic way of doing things: recognized my friend's touch in the choice of the card.
13. The state of being in contact or communication: kept in touch with several classmates; out of touch with current trends.
14. An official stamp indicating the quality of a metal product.
15. Slang
a. The act of approaching someone for a loan or handout.
b. A prospect for a loan or handout: a generous person, a soft touch for beggars.
16. Sports
a. The area just outside the sidelines in soccer or just outside and including the sidelines in Rugby.
b. Touch football.
Phrasal Verbs:
touch down
To make contact with the ground; land: The spacecraft touched down on schedule.
touch off
1. To cause to explode; fire.
2. To initiate; trigger: disclosures that touched off a public uproar.
3. To describe or portray with deft precision.
touch on (or upon)
1. To deal with (a topic) in passing.
2. To pertain to; concern.
3. To approach being; verge on: enthusiasm that touched on frenzy.
touch out
Sports To win a swimming race just ahead of (a competitor) by touching the end of the pool first.
touch up
To improve by making minor corrections, changes, or additions.
Idioms:
in touch
1. Aware of the latest developments, as in current events or an area of interest.
2. Able to appreciate or understand the concerns or difficulties of others.
3. Able to be contacted, as by telephone or email: I will be in touch by phone after I arrive at the hotel.
out of touch
1. Unaware of the latest developments, as in current events or an area of interest.
2. Unable to appreciate or understand the concerns or difficulties of others.
3. Unable to be contacted, as by telephone or email: I will be out of touch during my flight to Los Angeles.
touch base/bases Informal
To renew a line of communication: "He went out of his way to touch base with a broad cross section of ... residents" (George B. Merry).

[Middle English touchen, from Old French touchier, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *toccāre.]

touch′a·ble adj.
touch′a·ble·ness n.
touch′er n.
Synonyms: feel, finger, handle, paw
These verbs mean to bring the hands or fingers into contact with so as to give or receive a physical sensation: gently touched my hand; felt the runner's pulse; fingered the worry beads; handle a bolt of fabric; fans who pawed the celebrity's arm. See Also Synonyms at move.

touch off

vb (tr, adverb)
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) to cause to explode, as by touching with a match
2. to cause (a disturbance, violence, etc) to begin: the marchers' action touched off riots.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.touch off - put in motion or move to acttouch off - put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"
initiate, pioneer - take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"

touch

verb
1. To bring the hands or fingers, for example, into contact with so as to give or receive a physical sensation:
2. To bring into or make contact with:
3. To be contiguous or next to:
4. To be equal or alike:
Informal: stack up.
5. To call or direct attention to something.On or upon:
6. To evoke a usually strong mental or emotional response from:
phrasal verb
touch down
To come to rest on the ground:
phrasal verb
touch off
1. To release or cause to release energy suddenly and violently, especially with a loud noise:
phrasal verb
touch up
To improve by making minor changes or additions:
noun
1. An act of touching:
2. A coming together so as to be touching:
3. The faculty or ability to perceive tactile stimulation:
4. A particular sensation conveyed by means of physical contact:
6. A situation allowing exchange of ideas or messages:
Translations
يُفَجِّر
odpálitvyvolat
udløse
koma af staî
patlatmak

w>touch off

vt sep explosion, argument, fire, floodauslösen

touch

(tatʃ) verb
1. to be in, come into, or make, contact with something else. Their shoulders touched; He touched the water with his foot.
2. to feel (lightly) with the hand. He touched her cheek.
3. to affect the feelings of; to make (someone) feel pity, sympathy etc. I was touched by her generosity.
4. to be concerned with; to have anything to do with. I wouldn't touch a job like that.
noun
1. an act or sensation of touching. I felt a touch on my shoulder.
2. (often with the) one of the five senses, the sense by which we feel things. the sense of touch; The stone felt cold to the touch.
3. a mark or stroke etc to improve the appearance of something. The painting still needs a few finishing touches.
4. skill or style. He hasn't lost his touch as a writer.
5. (in football) the ground outside the edges of the pitch (which are marked out with ˈtouchlines). He kicked the ball into touch.
ˈtouching adjective
moving; causing emotion. a touching story.
ˈtouchingly adverb
in a moving way, so as to cause emotion. Her face was touchingly childlike.
ˈtouchy adjective
easily annoyed or offended. You're very touchy today; in rather a touchy mood.
ˈtouchily adverb
ˈtouchiness noun
ˈtouch screen noun
a computer screen that responds to the user's touch on its surface.
in touch (with)
in communication (with). I have kept in touch with my school-friends.
lose touch (with)
to stop communicating (with). I used to see him quite often but we have lost touch.
out of touch (with)
1. not in communication (with).
2. not sympathetic or understanding (towards). Older people sometimes seem out of touch with the modern world.
a touch
a small quantity or degree. The soup needs a touch of salt; a touch of imagination.
touch down
1. (of aircraft) to land. The plane should touch down at 2 o'clock.
2. in rugby and American football, to put the ball on the ground behind the opposite team's goal line (noun ˈtouch-down).
touch off
to make (something) explode. a spark touched off the gunpowder; His remark touched off an argument.
touch up
to improve eg paintwork, a photograph etc by small touches. The photograph had been touched up.
touch wood
(used as an interjection) to touch something made of wood superstitiously, in order to avoid bad luck. None of the children has ever had a serious illness, touch wood!
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