toucher


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.toucher - a person who causes or allows a part of the body to come in contact with someone or somethingtoucher - a person who causes or allows a part of the body to come in contact with someone or something
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
References in classic literature ?
We just twist up Chancery Lane, and cut along Holborn, and there we are in four minutes' time, as near as a toucher.
Le ministre a reitere que les nouvelles dispositions du projet de loi relatives a la hausse des prix de produits energetiques etaient bien etudiees et qu'elles n'allaient pas toucher les couches les plus defavorisees.
Contrairement a d'autres formes de cancers, notamment du sein ou du poumon, [beaucoup moins que]le lymphome peut toucher differents organes comme le cerveau, la peau, le tube digestif ou encore les poumons, ce qui veut dire que tous les medecins, aussi bien des generalistes que des specialistes d'organes, peuvent etre amenes a diagnostiquer cette pathologie[beaucoup plus grand que], fait-il remarquer.
I realise I need you like air that I breath, So long as I'm breathing I swear I won't leave, I need you like flowers need water to grow, Without you it's toucher the hours are slow, Before you I built my foundations on sand, I'm so glad you've found me a place in your plans, You've gave me our son
The Toucher names any boundaries he or she may have in offering touch in service to the Receiver, to which the Receiver agrees.
Le but est de ne pas toucher l interieur des colleges.
I had two bowls within four inches of the jack - a front toucher and a back toucher to win a semi-final with the game against us.
I then got two on and had a side toucher at all-but apiece, when Stuart struck and missed and that sewed up the victory.
A toucher inspection regime focused on progress made by pupils at risk of failing to reach their potential.
Historical Harpsichord Technique: Developing La douceur du toucher.
Summary: Caretaker Health Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said that increasing drug use in Lebanon required toucher measures to combat the phenomenon.
MUCH toucher laws are needed tackle modern-day slavery, a Minister has claimed in the wake of raids in Birmingham.