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n. (used with a singular or plural verb)
1. The use of the sense of touch, especially in social interactions or in interfaces between humans and computers.
2. The study of such activity.
[Adaptation (using the suffix -ics), of Modern Latin hapticē, from Greek haptikē, feminine of haptikos, relating to the form haptesthai, to grasp, touch, of unknown origin.]
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the scientific study of the sense of touch
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