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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
touch
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a flash/trace/touch of humour (=a very small amount of humour)
▪ She replied with a rare flash of humour.
a plane touches down (=lands safely on the ground)
▪ As soon as the plane touched down on the runway, I felt better.
a sense of smell/taste/touch etc
▪ We lose some of the sense of taste as we get older.
a touch of luxury (=something that makes something seem more pleasurable and comfortable)
▪ Leather chairs added a touch of luxury to the room.
a touch of sadness (=he sounded a little sad)
▪ There was a touch of sadness in his voice .
add a touch of glamour/class (to sth)
▪ Champagne always adds a touch of glamour to the occasion.
at the flick/touch of a switch (=very quickly and easily, with a switch)
▪ The advantages of having electricity available at the flick of a switch are obvious.
gentle voice/smile/touch
▪ ‘Where does it hurt?’ she asked in a gentle voice.
hint/trace/edge/touch of sarcasm
▪ There was just a touch of sarcasm in her voice.
lose touch with reality (=no longer know about ordinary things or what is possible)
▪ If all you have is the show-business world, you kind of lose touch with reality.
lose your touch (=become less skilled at doing something you used to do well)
▪ This latest movie proves Altman is by no means losing his touch.
Midas touch
▪ a talented young businessman with the Midas touch
sb's hand touches sth
▪ Daniel's hand touched mine.
touch football
touch on a subject (=say or write a little about it)
▪ In his speech, he touched on the subject of death.
touch screen
touch up/fix your make-up (=put a little more make-up on after some has come off)
▪ She went into the bathroom to touch up her makeup.
touched a drop (=drunk any alcohol)
▪ George hasn’t touched a drop for years.
trace/hint/touch of irony
▪ Wagner calls his program ‘the worst talk show in America,’ without a hint of irony.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
deeply
▪ We were deeply touched to receive your love-gift sent with Ann Grant.
▪ But he was also deeply touched that Mel was supplying him with attorneys.
▪ It was the only present any of them was likely to receive and she was deeply touched.
▪ Sethe was deeply touched by her sweet name; the remembrance of glittering headstone made her feel especially kindly toward her.
down
▪ And Gale was involved again as compatriot Ivan Henjak collected his kick ahead to touch down.
▪ Huddersfield wrapped up the scoring when Dale Cardoza touched down.
▪ In Escondido, a pilot reported seeing a funnel cloud, which would have become a tornado had it touched down.
▪ It was forced to touch down at Killyhoy Beach, north west Donegal.
▪ Six weeks ago the Hosic family touched down at Logan Airport, their hearts as heavy as their suitcases.
▪ Fortunately a lone plane touched down, and took him off.
▪ As my plane touches down in Naha, I am missing Charles, missing Ted, but resolved to enjoy myself.
off
▪ This stark view of what really matters has touched off a spirited debate and will occupy us in Chapter 5.
▪ Sultan Abdul-Malik sacked Powlus as time ran out, touching off a wild celebration.
▪ It also enhanced the national rivalries that would eventually touch off the First World War.
▪ Her resolution followed a similar effort in the Oakland Unified School District that touched off a nationwide controversy.
▪ Her allegations have touched off widespread criticism of Albert Hale in the Navajo Nation.
▪ The change in instrumentation thus touched off an explosion of information.
■ NOUN
arm
▪ He pulled back her chair and Evelyn sat down, her shoulder touching his arm for a second.
▪ Leaves brushed my face, a vine touched my arm and made me jump.
▪ She jumped as he touched her arm.
▪ She tended to jump like a nervous thoroughbred if he touched her arm or kissed her cheek.
▪ He touched her arms, her shoulders; their hardness vanished.
▪ Cranston touched him on the arm and pointed to the far corner, just past the huge gateway.
▪ I feel moist breath on the back of my neck, and fingers touch my arm.
ball
▪ If a defending player has a loose lace and this touches the ball, may the attacking side drop for goal?
▪ Napoleon Kaufman, making his third consecutive start, certainly wants to touch the ball more frequently.
▪ Also the incident when he hacked their left winger in the box, he never touched the ball.
▪ This was another night to greet Scottie Pippen with a constant chorus of boos every time he touched the ball.
▪ Tortolano fed Weir and he touched the ball on to McGinlay, who ran through a porous home defence to score easily.
▪ Terrell and I knew we would touch the ball a limited number of times.
▪ O'Connell's header found Graham completely unmarked inside the penalty box but Goram did enough to touch the ball on to the bar.
▪ The first-half, however, may be best remembered for what happened to a player who hardly touched the ball.
cheek
▪ Prominent projections of the bones can become sore to touch, especially the cheek bones.
▪ He liked being next to her; he felt all the possibilities returning when he touched her cheek with his finger.
▪ He was sleeping with one arm encircling his head, small podge of fingers just touching his cheek.
▪ I reached out to touch its pale cheek.
▪ Burun knelt behind her and touched her cheek with the back of his hand.
▪ I reached up and touched his cheek.
▪ She felt an icy wind howl over her, a graveyard stench enter her throat, a chill finger touch her cheek.
chord
▪ And, if I prefer House to Garden, it is because it both touches deeper chords and garners even greater laughs.
▪ Clearly, what they do touches a chord in more than a few listeners.
▪ Somewhere, he touched a chord in his son.
▪ The book touches a highly sensitive chord.
face
▪ A breeze darted through the gap and touched his face.
▪ We were to imagine a beautiful, white cloud gently touching our faces.
▪ She rubbed her belly and touched her face tenderly, smearing the blood and pressing the shallow bite wound.
▪ Arthur untied the head wrapping and touched my face, saying the swelling had already gone down a great deal.
▪ He touched her face very tenderly and believed he felt warm flesh.
▪ A makeup artist touched up the faces so photographs could be circulated and televised.
▪ He touched his torn face and his lips drew back in a snarl.
▪ Light moving air touched my face and drew my eyes to the south.
finger
▪ It's like an Electric Ballroom gig: rowdy, bawdy, hands outstretched, fingers touching, bodies crushing.
▪ In another cupboard my fingers touched a bottle of something that smelled like vinegar, or vinegar concentrate.
▪ The fingers touching the back of her neck were stronger now-the strokes bolder as though Baby Suggs were gathering strength.
▪ Her fingers touched his hair, smoothing its fine silkiness, running against his scalp, the back of his neck.
▪ Ask the client to hold the appropriate number of fingers elevated until you touch his or her hand.
▪ He was sleeping with one arm encircling his head, small podge of fingers just touching his cheek.
floor
▪ Ron's little legs did not touch the floor.
▪ She lies back across the bed, her feet touching the floor.
▪ Squat thrusts Start from a crouched position with your hands touching the floor at either side of your feet.
▪ Theresa could touch the floor with her feet.
▪ As soon as your feet touch the floor behind you, spring back to the starting position and repeat.
▪ He never allowed his hands, his striped short pants or anything other than his polished shoes to touch the floor.
▪ His head had slipped out of the supports and his hands almost touched the floor.
▪ They walked softly, hardly letting their feet touch the floor.
foot
▪ His feet seemed hardly to touch the ground as the wind drove him up the slope.
▪ I came home from school as I had arrived: fast, my feet barely touching the pavement.
▪ Rising to his feet, he touched the light switch, dispelling the gathering gloom, before striding through to his office.
▪ She lies back across the bed, her feet touching the floor.
▪ The heel of your leading foot should touch the ground, just before the ball of the foot and toes.
▪ They walked softly, hardly letting their feet touch the floor.
▪ He did it nimbly, his feet scarcely touching the narrow steel treads.
▪ When her feet touch down after the jump, she pushes off again.
ground
▪ His feet seemed hardly to touch the ground as the wind drove him up the slope.
▪ Witnesses swear that as fast as the line drive hit the wall, Rivera was rounding second before it touched the ground.
▪ As soon as any kite touches the ground it is eliminated.
▪ When exposed to direct light the leaves collapse and touch the ground and the plant dies.
▪ He was so low that a wing-tip touched the ground, causing a ground loop.
▪ Sometimes a heel would touch ground first, other times it would be a toe, or an arch.
hair
▪ Her fingers touched his hair, smoothing its fine silkiness, running against his scalp, the back of his neck.
▪ He can not restrain himself from touching my hair, my body, my face, no matter how public the place.
▪ Eochaid's hand, still marked with ink, touched his hair, and he received Eochaid's blessing.
▪ Another student asked if he could touch his hair.
▪ She is swept away, four people touching her hair and costume.
▪ The daughters pressed around her, cooed to her, kissed her hands, hugged her, touched her hair.
▪ He wanted to touch John's hair.
▪ She would touch her hair then fiddle with her hat and pretend to straighten her dress.
hand
▪ As I lifted Becky she raised her hand and touched the statue.
▪ Even her hands were touching something pleasant - silky, soft; she moved her fingers luxuriously, then slowly consciousness returned.
▪ When his hand touched the elevator signal it touched off the tiniest spark of static electricity.
▪ He reached out and his hand touched rough-grained wood.
▪ Electric currents spread from each spot his hands touched.
▪ His beastly gloating hands touching me.
▪ Her hand touched the compress on his head tentatively.
heart
▪ That despairing bleat touched a heart she hadn't been sure still existed.
▪ The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order.
▪ Shiona felt a cold hand touch her heart.
▪ George Burns' sense of timing and captivating smile touched the hearts and funny bones of more than three generations.
▪ He touched he heart, awakening the love, stirring the pain.
▪ He wanted her to be permanent, an edifice whose piles touched the heart of the earth.
▪ Peace on Earth as he lets his light shine, he touched my heart and now he's mine.
▪ It was enough to touch my heart.
leg
▪ Ron's little legs did not touch the floor.
▪ Deborah and I washed the dishes, then sat beside each other at the kitchen table, our legs almost touching.
▪ Bend your left knee, extend your right leg and touch your right elbow on to your left knee.
▪ Charles rocked with the motion of the coach, falling gently against Sarah, their shoulders and legs continually touching.
▪ Since those legs happen to be touching the ground, the body moves forward.
▪ They are lying side by side, their legs touching.
lip
▪ And it was no wonder that she hadn't touched his lips with hers.
▪ During these efforts, her fleshy nose could touch her lips.
▪ A bitter smile touched his lips at that, for hadn't Grainne long since been lost?
▪ He tasted warm wetness on his tongue and touched his lip and took away a bloodied finger.
▪ Disappointment! dash not from my trembling hand the bowl which almost touches my lips.
▪ The pink tip of a tongue touched her pale lips.
▪ Boris touched his lips then looked at the smear of blood on his hand.
nerve
▪ Although this memorandum was immediately denounced and repudiated, there is no doubt that it touched some sensitive nerves.
▪ The theatrical farce touches a nerve.
▪ The death of Phyllis Henley touched these nerves into life.
▪ I had finally touched a nerve.
▪ Our article touched a raw nerve.
▪ The subject of hawkers had touched a raw nerve.
▪ It was easy, therefore, to touch the sensitive nerve of nationalism.
▪ The wide current appeal of such music seems to touch a nerve of communal masochism.
plane
▪ Fortunately a lone plane touched down, and took him off.
▪ As my plane touches down in Naha, I am missing Charles, missing Ted, but resolved to enjoy myself.
▪ The plane touches down at John Wayne Airport, named after the Western star.
▪ Always work on a earthed surface and touch the ground plane before touching any components.
▪ At one stage, fourteen planes touched down in the space of a minute.
shoulder
▪ Another step back, and the back of Ace's head touched Daak's shoulder.
▪ Evening came and the man touched her shoulder.
▪ Presently Wexford moved over to her and touched her shoulder.
▪ Ruth touched his shoulder and turned back to the stove.
▪ He went up to her and touched her shoulder awkwardly.
▪ Phagu chuckled at me through the window and touched me on the shoulder.
▪ Rain touched her shoulder, pressed her back into the chair for fear of a repetition of the scenes in the kitchen.
▪ He touched her shoulder, and her upper arm, and the inside of her elbow.
toe
▪ Bend from the waist, with your arms still straight, and touch your toes.
▪ Can you touch your toes while keeping your legs straight?
▪ Slowly lean over with both arms to try to touch the toe of your outstretched foot.
■ VERB
let
▪ He lets waste bits of paper pile up in his room - he won't let me touch them.
▪ Indeed, the old Witch never touched water, nor ever let water touch her in any way.
▪ Have you let him touch your soul?
▪ He was still shy enough not to let anyone touch him, and he scuttled away if you got too close.
▪ The water was fine, as long as you didn't drink it or let it touch your skin.
▪ Boysie never let anybody touch his flute, not even me or Sylvie.
▪ At one point she let her shoulder touch Clare's arm, to be sure that he was really there.
▪ They walked softly, hardly letting their feet touch the floor.
reach
▪ But Neil Fraser couldn't reach out and touch his wife.
▪ I reached up and touched his cheek.
▪ He reached over to touch my wrist, and his look was tender.
▪ She reached over now and touched his cold rigid hand.
▪ When she thought no one was looking, she reached out and touched his hand and her eyes were soft and inviting.
▪ She reached out and touched his arm reassuringly.
▪ If she reached out to touch him, would he vanish like a ghost?
▪ But basically I need to reach down and touch myself.
want
▪ Once again, everyone wanted a glimpse of Diana, everyone wanted to touch her.
▪ She wanted to touch them with her music, words, make them aware of their woman-ness.
▪ Where the Sales Department insists on selling to people we wouldn't want to touch with a barge pole!
▪ No one wanted to touch the little chapel.
▪ I want to touch you the way no man has ever touched you.
▪ Though admonished not to by the funeral director, I want to touch her.
▪ I want you to touch me, trail your mouth from my toes to my eyes.
▪ You never want me to touch you.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a soft touch
▪ Brad knew I was a soft touch.
▪ Negotiators will need a soft touch and strong nerves.
▪ And he knew I was a soft touch, that I did most of the housework so he could be free.
▪ Artisans needed more than just fertile imaginations and a soft touch with a trowel to bring their work to life.
▪ Cool for Cats at Stennis Head - a soft touch E15b.
▪ Leeds are a soft touch when it comes to transfers.
▪ Middlesbrough showed a resilience that emphasised they are no longer a soft touch on their travels.
▪ My client was a soft touch.
▪ Next to it goes a soft touch 6a, Cocoluche, which has an easily avoidable 6b section.
▪ Terry was such a soft touch.
a/the human touch
▪ Remember, people are interested in people not politics and the best campaign moments are those with a human touch.
▪ Science can have a human touch.
▪ Sir Peter Parker who he replaced will always be remembered as an enthusiastic chairman with a human touch.
at/with the push/touch of a button
catch/touch sb on the raw
▪ She had the fleeting impression that she'd caught him on the raw.
common touch
▪ Wilson's critics say his handling of the deal shows he has lost his common touch.
keep in close contact/touch
▪ Even after Charles married Princess Diana he kept in close contact with Camilla.
▪ He had not kept in close touch with the performers who had danced in his first little group.
▪ I am keen to keep in close touch with you on this subject.
▪ I take that point and we are keeping in close contact with local authorities.
▪ I urge my hon. Friend to keep in close touch to make sure that response times are up to the charter.
▪ In practice, I keep in close touch with the work of the foundation.
▪ The Society is keeping in close touch with the appropriate authority and full information will be published as soon as possible.
▪ To monitor their responses we have kept in close touch with each family's health visitor.
magic touch
▪ And not even Glen Hoddle's magic touch could save the day.
▪ But his magic touch is not easily duplicated, nor, for that matter, often approached.
▪ Carlo said I had a magic touch, I can make anything grow.
▪ He had a magic touch on the string that jerked its engine into rather terrifying life.
▪ Owen Pickard was the man with the magic touch.
▪ They feel that the new aid has failed, or that they have failed to find the magic touch in using it.
not harm/touch a hair of/on sb's head
personal touch
▪ At this stage we are concerned with the personal touch; self-completed questionnaires will be dealt with later.
▪ But other customers prefer to write the messages themselves, for more of a personal touch.
▪ Despite the tight squeeze, the office has graced Borrego Springs with a personal touch over the decades.
▪ Family photos and a clock that tells time backward add a personal touch to the sterile academic atmosphere.
▪ I think people appreciate that personal touch.
▪ Reagan resorted to the personal touch as a matter of instinct and long practice.
▪ Steve, a believer in the personal touch, made their day by laying on their favourite drink, chilled Guinness.
▪ To be successful the hotel will provide a friendly atmosphere, good service and the personal touch.
strike/touch a chord (with sb)
▪ Clearly, what they do touches a chord in more than a few listeners.
▪ Her language may be a bit highbrow, but it strikes a chord with many of Britain's state school heads.
▪ His declarations have struck a chord on both sides of the House.
▪ Obviously, their messages have struck a chord among voters in Arizona and New Hampshire.
▪ One young man of John's age wrote to say that the pointlessness of his captivity had struck a chord with him.
▪ Somewhere, he touched a chord in his son.
▪ The film was immensely popular and had so clearly struck a chord that Hammer carried out a rethink of its production policy.
▪ The plight of Gerald McClellan struck a chord in Jones.
the Midas touch
▪ Pavarotti is a unique performer with the Midas touch.
touch base (with sb)
▪ It's important to touch base with our allies in this issue.
▪ I just wanted to touch base with you.
touch wood
▪ I've never been in trouble with the police, touch wood.
▪ We haven't missed a deadline yet, knock on wood.
▪ And I hope I don't - touch wood!
▪ I've just been lucky so far, touch wood.
▪ Male speaker Well we are a bit of a lively bunch but I haven't been banned yet ... touch wood!
▪ What is more, it might, touch wood, even be in a position to implement some of them.
touch your toes
▪ Bend from the waist, with your arms still straight, and touch your toes.
▪ Can you touch your toes while keeping your legs straight?
▪ Then he would touch his toes twenty times.
touch/hit a (raw) nerve
▪ I had finally touched a nerve.
▪ Our article touched a raw nerve.
▪ Q: Why has that era hit a nerve with people now?
▪ The charge has hit a nerve, persuading the company to earmark 265 Levantine buildings for special restoration.
▪ The subject of hawkers had touched a raw nerve.
▪ The theatrical farce touches a nerve.
▪ The wide current appeal of such music seems to touch a nerve of communal masochism.
▪ They also touched a nerve of public anxiety.
touch/hit a raw nerve
▪ Our article touched a raw nerve.
▪ The subject of hawkers had touched a raw nerve.
tug/touch your forelock
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ "What are you thinking?" she asked, touching his arm.
▪ A slight grin touched his face when he was told the news.
▪ Barry never lets anyone touch the piano.
▪ Don't touch that - the paint is still wet.
▪ Don't touch the plates - they're hot!
▪ Don't let the wires touch or you'll get a very bad shock.
▪ Every business Gibbons touches becomes successful.
▪ For room service, touch button 9.
▪ He drew me closer until our bodies were touching.
▪ He gently touched her hand and smiled.
▪ I'm sorry - I didn't mean to touch your sore arm.
▪ I cut my knee last week, and it still hurts if I touch it.
▪ Make sure the wires do not touch.
▪ Put the cards face down on the table so that the edges are touching.
▪ The pictures touched everyone present.
▪ The plane touched the speed of sound in a power dive.
▪ The plane came down so low that it's wings touched the trees.
▪ Their insults and criticism never seemed to touch him.
▪ Wash your hands thoroughly after touching raw meat.
▪ Yesterday, the dollar touched a seventeen-week high of 1.4748 marks.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He touched his bandaged wound where the shaved hair had started to grow back.
▪ It had lasted longer, but then she had still been touching him.
▪ Quickly he went to the wall safe at the far end of the room and touched the combination.
▪ Something outside her, mysterious and huge, put out a kindly exploring hand and touched her.
▪ The soft touching and smooching stirred him back to life.
▪ Theresa could touch the floor with her feet.
▪ They rolled up when I touched them, and tickled my fingers with their tiny legs.
▪ This is because the contacts bounce as they touch.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
close
▪ Sherfey thinks women need to be in closer touch with their life purpose of caring for the species.
▪ He had not kept in close touch with the performers who had danced in his first little group.
▪ He told Parmenter he would stay in close touch with Guy Banister.
▪ To monitor their responses we have kept in close touch with each family's health visitor.
▪ He's in close touch with his employees, knowing many of them by their first names.
▪ Fifty years ago they were in closer touch.
▪ McGuinness is more hard-line than Adams and reckoned to be in closer touch with the mood of die-hard republicans.
feminine
▪ The gentlemen appreciated all her feminine touches.
▪ She was known for taking care of business with a feminine touch in the town too tough to die.
▪ Today there is little sign of the feminine touch in the Cabinet at Westminster.
final
▪ Braintree started to control the midfield in the second half and only the final touch in the circle let them down.
▪ Fresh berries for dessert add the final fresh touch.
▪ Meanwhile, Hilary Murphy, who sets the questions, puts the final touches to Bob's board.
▪ Domain loudspeakers leave the final touch of interior decorating to the buyer.
▪ Fried onions make the final delectable touch.
▪ A creamy green sauce, redolent of sweet pea and butter, provides the final touch.
▪ Traditionally this was the time for artists to add the final touches.
▪ The extreme naturalism with which his characters' thoughts and emotions were portrayed was the final inartistic touch.
finishing
▪ The floral display at Newcastle provided a delightful finishing touch.
▪ A notice apologising for keeping visitors waiting and inviting them to look at the booklets adds the finishing touch.
▪ The property has been recently constructed and is in the final stages of finishing touches.
▪ The finishing touches are being put on a £800,000 new image for the once-neglected thoroughfare.
▪ By the beginning of December, the finishing touches had been put to the apartment.
▪ An individual finishing touch can come from your choice of shaped hemline, which could be angular, castellated or scalloped.
▪ Boro threatened to run riot but could not provide the finishing touch.
▪ Miele make kitchens Miele quality appliances have been putting the finishing touch to kitchens for years.
gentle
▪ A gentle touch on her cheek, then her arm.
▪ Presently it felt the gentle touch of radiations, trying to probe its secrets.
▪ And a gentle touch for the gentle dead.
▪ He had a gentle touch, a musician's touch.
▪ Sensitive skins need the gentle touch - Moistura fragrance Free products from Cyclax provide the perfect solution.
▪ He might be all the rotters of the universe, but he had a gentle, magical touch with the child.
▪ Pray that they would know the gentle touch of our Lord in their lives in the coming days.
▪ They used the gentle touch to minimise the pressure on the 25-year-old woman following her horrific experience.
human
▪ The gap in the paper where it has been torn away from the seal is a desirable human touch rather than a blemish.
▪ The human touch, the intuition and a more abstract conception of reality were now considered fundamental to art.
▪ Science can have a human touch.
▪ Sculpture adds that human touch to the garden.
▪ Sir Peter Parker who he replaced will always be remembered as an enthusiastic chairman with a human touch.
▪ Remember, people are interested in people not politics and the best campaign moments are those with a human touch.
light
▪ A novel about novel-writing, which handles its tricky subject with a light comic touch.
▪ Some one had given his arm a light touch out of fear and respect.
▪ Some instruments receive far more prominence than they do in more everyday tunes, others get merely the lightest, occasional touch.
▪ There may be subjective numbness and slightly impaired pain and light touch sensation over the outer aspect of the foot. 3.
▪ Does she love light touch or avoid it?
▪ The clouds, sea and sky were permanent blue and light red with touches of Winsor blue.
▪ She had made her point with as light a touch as she could manage.
lost
▪ Her husband watched her reading and finally lost touch with her.
▪ They may have lost touch with their friends and have to start again to build up a new social circle.
▪ The team lost touch with one another; the turning of a corner or moving through a door was enough.
▪ Mrs McCourt was subsequently fostered and lost touch with her sisters.
magic
▪ Owen Pickard was the man with the magic touch.
▪ But his magic touch is not easily duplicated, nor, for that matter, often approached.
▪ He had a magic touch on the string that jerked its engine into rather terrifying life.
▪ Carlo said I had a magic touch, I can make anything grow.
▪ And not even Glen Hoddle's magic touch could save the day.
▪ They feel that the new aid has failed, or that they have failed to find the magic touch in using it.
nice
▪ One nice touch lets you italicize and embolden text simply by highlighting it and clicking on one of the toolbox icons.
▪ A little maple syrup, however, adds a nice touch.
▪ I always think it was a nice touch.
▪ This aesthetic presentation is a very nice touch in a meal already replete with interesting tastes dancing merrily across your palate.
▪ A nice touch is that when you make a new entry in the database, it's saved automatically.
▪ Pros: Ducking in and out of ice caves adds a nice touch to what could have been a typical roller coaster.
▪ Leeds began brightly and there were some nice touches.
▪ He had a nice touch, a good sense of how to execute his shots.
personal
▪ But other customers prefer to write the messages themselves, for more of a personal touch.
▪ Despite the tight squeeze, the office has graced Borrego Springs with a personal touch over the decades.
▪ To be successful the hotel will provide a friendly atmosphere, good service and the personal touch.
▪ Reagan resorted to the personal touch as a matter of instinct and long practice.
▪ Steve, a believer in the personal touch, made their day by laying on their favourite drink, chilled Guinness.
▪ I think people appreciate that personal touch.
▪ Family photos and a clock that tells time backward add a personal touch to the sterile academic atmosphere.
soft
▪ This makes the wings very soft to the touch and probably cuts down noise from feathers moving against one another during flight.
▪ They were soft to the touch and easy to bend.
▪ She trembled, wanting the soft touch of his mouth and his adoration.
▪ And he knew I was a soft touch, that I did most of the housework so he could be free.
▪ The material felt soft to her touch.
▪ He was the softest touch in the world.
▪ The only soft, welcoming touch is a black leather sofa.
sure
▪ Magona has a surer touch when narrating the sweep of history that builds up to create inevitable results.
▪ Sometimes a leader with a seemingly sure touch for foreign policy turns ham-handed.
▪ Vanessa had the surest touch decoratively and domestically.
▪ And that, too, was Luke, she thought - the sure touch, the instinctive flair and selection.
■ VERB
add
▪ A notice apologising for keeping visitors waiting and inviting them to look at the booklets adds the finishing touch.
▪ Fresh berries for dessert add the final fresh touch.
▪ Decorative rope-top edgings in terracotta contain the borders and ball-topped corner posts add an extra finishing touch.
▪ For that added romantic touch, the subway lights had been dimmed on the first two cars.
▪ Leather and brass fittings add a touch of luxury.
▪ It added a special touch to our telethon.
▪ Barry returned the next day to add the finishing touches.
▪ Pros: Ducking in and out of ice caves adds a nice touch to what could have been a typical roller coaster.
bring
▪ It brings us into touch with levels of ourself untouched hitherto, and so it has a profound esoteric significance.
▪ And who knows, it may even bring a touch of glamour to the streets of Harlesden.
▪ It can enhance creativity, as it brings us into touch with elemental emotions.
▪ The late afternoon slid into night, bringing a touch of frost and sapping the last of warmth and cheerfulness.
▪ And streets ahead ... Bonnie brings a touch of magic to a Broadway favourite.
feel
▪ He felt a touch on his shoulder.
▪ People feel out of touch with one another and with the organization.
▪ She was unaware that anyone had approached until she felt a touch on one of the vertebra of her spine.
▪ At last he was naked and she felt the rough touch of his skin slide over her, bearing her down.
▪ Standing at the bar, Langford felt a touch on his elbow.
▪ They felt warm to the touch, slightly damp from Azmaveth's palms.
▪ Was it self-deception or did she really feel warm to his touch?
finish
▪ He then supplied the finishing touch to a 32-pass move to seal victory.
▪ Brown hopes to have the finishing touches done within 10 days.
▪ Give your gifts a special finishing touch by making this sparkly gift wrap.
▪ You may spot workers putting the finishing touches on the dome.
get
▪ Make sure they didn't get in touch.
▪ He thought that we get in touch with the world and others through meaningful work.
▪ If you are out there, get in touch!
▪ Then get in touch with me.
▪ Marcus Hannaford got the final touch down.
▪ Be still for a moment to get in touch with your own breathing.
▪ HomePro.com HomePro aims to make it easier for homeowners to get in touch with true trade professionals.
▪ The majority tell visitors how to get in touch with their elected representatives.
keep
▪ It keeps me in touch and helps the section.
▪ The idea was to hang together, keep in touch with the audience and maybe make a few bucks.
▪ Over the years, she said, they kept in touch by telephone and brief, occasional backstage visits at concerts.
▪ We've been flying here since September, but our wives have regularly sent out Country Living to keep us in touch.
▪ Yeah, I love you too. Keep in fucken touch.
▪ The way to keep in touch!
▪ The Glicksteins visit every place they mention and keep in touch in person and via feedback from other guests.
kick
▪ He would always kick it back into play whereas Lukic, more often than not, would kick it into touch.
▪ Of course, the argument was kicked into touch by the Church.
▪ When a penalty is kicked directly into touch the same team will have the throw-in.
▪ Some are easy rambles but others should kick into touch the idea that valleys are easy options.
▪ But Souness has firmly kicked into touch suggestions that Wright will be sacrificed to make way for any newcomer.
▪ I gather that that issue has now been kicked into touch.
lose
▪ It is also very easy to lose touch.
▪ I was begin-ning to lose touch with my body, floating away to distant places.
▪ Alfred Anderson lost touch with the two men when he left the island in 1959.
▪ De Lavallade drifted away from Alvin, although they never completely lost touch.
▪ Yet, for the moment anyway, the bankers have lost their Midas touch.
▪ Talk about guys who have lost touch with the game.
▪ As if we are losing our touch.
▪ He also agreed to start contacting some of his old friends whom he had lost touch with when he became unemployed.
put
▪ Meanwhile, Hilary Murphy, who sets the questions, puts the final touches to Bob's board.
▪ Reach out and put the touch on some one.
▪ Dyer was almost over for a try but put a foot in touch at the corner flag spoiled the effort.
▪ You know, put in the Williams touch.
▪ Perhaps one of Alfa Romeo's race engineers put him in touch with Enzo Ferrari?
▪ And they put young people in touch with adult role models who can help ease the shift into adulthood.
▪ They can put students in touch with teachers, regardless of the geographic location of either.
▪ Another collector got in touch, who put him in touch with another, and so on.
stay
▪ As the rugby people say, don't hang about on the side-lines, stay in touch.
▪ We promise to stay in touch.
▪ People still want to have the social contact that work offers, and want to stay in regular touch with their co-workers.
▪ We go skiing, stay in touch.
▪ I have since then stayed in as close touch as seems safe.
▪ Underneath it all was the desire to stay in touch with Sophie.
▪ He saw Luke now and then: just to stay in touch.
▪ I want you to stay in touch.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a soft touch
▪ Brad knew I was a soft touch.
▪ Negotiators will need a soft touch and strong nerves.
▪ And he knew I was a soft touch, that I did most of the housework so he could be free.
▪ Artisans needed more than just fertile imaginations and a soft touch with a trowel to bring their work to life.
▪ Cool for Cats at Stennis Head - a soft touch E15b.
▪ Leeds are a soft touch when it comes to transfers.
▪ Middlesbrough showed a resilience that emphasised they are no longer a soft touch on their travels.
▪ My client was a soft touch.
▪ Next to it goes a soft touch 6a, Cocoluche, which has an easily avoidable 6b section.
▪ Terry was such a soft touch.
a/the human touch
▪ Remember, people are interested in people not politics and the best campaign moments are those with a human touch.
▪ Science can have a human touch.
▪ Sir Peter Parker who he replaced will always be remembered as an enthusiastic chairman with a human touch.
at/with the push/touch of a button
common touch
▪ Wilson's critics say his handling of the deal shows he has lost his common touch.
keep in close contact/touch
▪ Even after Charles married Princess Diana he kept in close contact with Camilla.
▪ He had not kept in close touch with the performers who had danced in his first little group.
▪ I am keen to keep in close touch with you on this subject.
▪ I take that point and we are keeping in close contact with local authorities.
▪ I urge my hon. Friend to keep in close touch to make sure that response times are up to the charter.
▪ In practice, I keep in close touch with the work of the foundation.
▪ The Society is keeping in close touch with the appropriate authority and full information will be published as soon as possible.
▪ To monitor their responses we have kept in close touch with each family's health visitor.
kick sth into touch
▪ He would always kick it back into play whereas Lukic, more often than not, would kick it into touch.
▪ When a penalty is kicked directly into touch the same team will have the throw-in.
lose touch (with sb/sth)
▪ A lot of producers have lost touch with what makes good music.
▪ Over the years we just lost touch with each other.
▪ Command economies are usually so centralized that they lose touch with the differences and complexities of individual firms and consumers.
▪ De Lavallade drifted away from Alvin, although they never completely lost touch.
▪ Employees and their managers lost touch with their customers and fiefdoms arose.
▪ I was begin-ning to lose touch with my body, floating away to distant places.
▪ It is also very easy to lose touch.
▪ Salibi says that the Massoretes had lost touch with the language of the Bible and made many distortions.
▪ She said she had lost touch with him.
▪ Those who pay for education, for example, may lose touch with what is taught and with the methods used.
magic touch
▪ And not even Glen Hoddle's magic touch could save the day.
▪ But his magic touch is not easily duplicated, nor, for that matter, often approached.
▪ Carlo said I had a magic touch, I can make anything grow.
▪ He had a magic touch on the string that jerked its engine into rather terrifying life.
▪ Owen Pickard was the man with the magic touch.
▪ They feel that the new aid has failed, or that they have failed to find the magic touch in using it.
personal touch
▪ At this stage we are concerned with the personal touch; self-completed questionnaires will be dealt with later.
▪ But other customers prefer to write the messages themselves, for more of a personal touch.
▪ Despite the tight squeeze, the office has graced Borrego Springs with a personal touch over the decades.
▪ Family photos and a clock that tells time backward add a personal touch to the sterile academic atmosphere.
▪ I think people appreciate that personal touch.
▪ Reagan resorted to the personal touch as a matter of instinct and long practice.
▪ Steve, a believer in the personal touch, made their day by laying on their favourite drink, chilled Guinness.
▪ To be successful the hotel will provide a friendly atmosphere, good service and the personal touch.
put/add the finishing touches (to sth)
▪ Barry returned the next day to add the finishing touches.
▪ Its warmth and richness will add the finishing touches that are all important to the dress of your dreams.
▪ The band are currently putting the finishing touches to their third album, which should be out early in the summer.
▪ The birds whose selective predation put the finishing touches to their evolution must, at least collectively, have had excellently good vision.
▪ The more exacting you are in putting the finishing touches to the picture, the better the result will be.
▪ We can put the finishing touches to your programme.
▪ With most members of the task force now dismissed, Mr Magaziner is putting the finishing touches to his report.
the Midas touch
▪ Pavarotti is a unique performer with the Midas touch.
touch base (with sb)
▪ It's important to touch base with our allies in this issue.
▪ I just wanted to touch base with you.
touch wood
▪ I've never been in trouble with the police, touch wood.
▪ We haven't missed a deadline yet, knock on wood.
▪ And I hope I don't - touch wood!
▪ I've just been lucky so far, touch wood.
▪ Male speaker Well we are a bit of a lively bunch but I haven't been banned yet ... touch wood!
▪ What is more, it might, touch wood, even be in a position to implement some of them.
touch your toes
▪ Bend from the waist, with your arms still straight, and touch your toes.
▪ Can you touch your toes while keeping your legs straight?
▪ Then he would touch his toes twenty times.
touch/hit a (raw) nerve
▪ I had finally touched a nerve.
▪ Our article touched a raw nerve.
▪ Q: Why has that era hit a nerve with people now?
▪ The charge has hit a nerve, persuading the company to earmark 265 Levantine buildings for special restoration.
▪ The subject of hawkers had touched a raw nerve.
▪ The theatrical farce touches a nerve.
▪ The wide current appeal of such music seems to touch a nerve of communal masochism.
▪ They also touched a nerve of public anxiety.
touch/hit a raw nerve
▪ Our article touched a raw nerve.
▪ The subject of hawkers had touched a raw nerve.
tug/touch your forelock
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Great service and a friendly staff give the hotel a personal touch.
▪ He felt a touch on his shoulder and saw it was Mrs. Lyden.
▪ Reid has a good touch for shooting the ball.
▪ The ice caves add a nice touch to what could have been a typical roller coaster.
▪ The soft touch of a clean cotton shirt was comforting.
▪ With the touch of a wrong button, she could ruin the whole program.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A small neat iron bed with a shabby well-washed coverlet had one lumpy pillow and sheets which were hard to the touch.
▪ Chance, coupled with rebellion and a touch of laziness.
▪ Despite the tight squeeze, the office has graced Borrego Springs with a personal touch over the decades.
▪ If the average middle class white schoolchild is out of touch with the literary standard, the minority child is doubly so.
▪ The affected areas look like orange-peel and are cold to the touch.
▪ Well, that couldn't last, because I'd found my touch, right?
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Touch

Touch \Touch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Touched; p. pr. & vb. n. Touching.] [F. toucher, OF. touchier, tuchier; of Teutonic origin; cf. OHG. zucchen, zukken, to twitch, pluck, draw, G. zukken, zukken, v. intens. fr. OHG. ziohan to draw, G. ziehen, akin to E. tug. See Tuck, v. t., Tug, and cf. Tocsin, Toccata.]

  1. To come in contact with; to hit or strike lightly against; to extend the hand, foot, or the like, so as to reach or rest on.

    Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear Touched lightly.
    --Milton.

  2. To perceive by the sense of feeling.

    Nothing but body can be touched or touch.
    --Greech.

  3. To come to; to reach; to attain to.

    The god, vindictive, doomed them never more Ah, men unblessed! -- to touch their natal shore.
    --Pope.

  4. To try; to prove, as with a touchstone. [Obs.]

    Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed.
    --Shak.

  5. To relate to; to concern; to affect.

    The quarrel toucheth none but us alone.
    --Shak.

  6. To handle, speak of, or deal with; to treat of.

    Storial thing that toucheth gentilesse.
    --Chaucer.

  7. To meddle or interfere with; as, I have not touched the books.
    --Pope.

  8. To affect the senses or the sensibility of; to move; to melt; to soften; especially, to cause feelings of pity, compassion, sympathy, or gratitude in.

    What of sweet before Hath touched my sense, flat seems to this and harsh.
    --Milton.

    The tender sire was touched with what he said.
    --Addison.

  9. To mark or delineate with touches; to add a slight stroke to with the pencil or brush.

    The lines, though touched but faintly, are drawn right.
    --Pope.

  10. To infect; to affect slightly.
    --Bacon.

  11. To make an impression on; to have effect upon.

    Its face . . . so hard that a file will not touch it.
    --Moxon.

  12. To strike; to manipulate; to play on; as, to touch an instrument of music.

    [They] touched their golden harps.
    --Milton.

  13. To perform, as a tune; to play.

    A person is the royal retinue touched a light and lively air on the flageolet.
    --Sir W. Scott.

  14. To influence by impulse; to impel forcibly. `` No decree of mine, . . . [to] touch with lightest moment of impulse his free will,''
    --Milton.

  15. To harm, afflict, or distress.

    Let us make a covenant with thee, that thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee.
    --Gen. xxvi. 28, 29.

  16. To affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree; to make partially insane; -- rarely used except in the past participle.

    She feared his head was a little touched.
    --Ld. Lytton.

  17. (Geom.) To be tangent to. See Tangent, a.

  18. To lay a hand upon for curing disease.

  19. To compare with; to be equal to; -- usually with a negative; as, he held that for good cheer nothing could touch an open fire. [Colloq.]

  20. To induce to give or lend; to borrow from; as, to touch one for a loan; hence, to steal from. [Slang]

    To touch a sail (Naut.), to bring it so close to the wind that its weather leech shakes.

    To touch the wind (Naut.), to keep the ship as near the wind as possible.

    To touch up, to repair; to improve by touches or emendation.

Touch

Touch \Touch\, v. i.

  1. To be in contact; to be in a state of junction, so that no space is between; as, two spheres touch only at points.
    --Johnson.

  2. To fasten; to take effect; to make impression. [R.]

    Strong waters pierce metals, and will touch upon gold, that will not touch upon silver.
    --Bacon.

  3. To treat anything in discourse, especially in a slight or casual manner; -- often with on or upon.

    If the antiquaries have touched upon it, they immediately quitted it.
    --Addison.

  4. (Naut) To be brought, as a sail, so close to the wind that its weather leech shakes. To touch and go (Naut.), to touch bottom lightly and without damage, as a vessel in motion. To touch at, to come or go to, without tarrying; as, the ship touched at Lisbon. To touch on or To touch upon,

    1. to come or go to for a short time. [R.]

      I made a little voyage round the lake, and touched on the several towns that lie on its coasts.
      --Addison.

    2. to discuss briefly, as only a small part of a discourse.

Touch

Touch \Touch\, n. [Cf. F. touche. See Touch, v. ]

  1. The act of touching, or the state of being touched; contact.

    Their touch affrights me as a serpent's sting.
    --Shak.

  2. (Physiol.) The sense by which pressure or traction exerted on the skin is recognized; the sense by which the properties of bodies are determined by contact; the tactile sense. See Tactile sense, under Tactile.

    The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine.
    --Pope.

    Note: Pure tactile feelings are necessarily rare, since temperature sensations and muscular sensations are more or less combined with them. The organs of touch are found chiefly in the epidermis of the skin and certain underlying nervous structures.

  3. Act or power of exciting emotion.

    Not alone The death of Fulvia, with more urgent touches, Do strongly speak to us.
    --Shak.

  4. An emotion or affection.

    A true, natural, and a sensible touch of mercy.
    --Hooker.

  5. Personal reference or application. [Obs.]

    Speech of touch toward others should be sparingly used.
    --Bacon.

  6. A stroke; as, a touch of raillery; a satiric touch; hence, animadversion; censure; reproof.

    I never bare any touch of conscience with greater regret.
    --Eikon Basilike.

  7. A single stroke on a drawing or a picture.

    Never give the least touch with your pencil till you have well examined your design.
    --Dryden.

  8. Feature; lineament; trait.

    Of many faces, eyes, and hearts, To have the touches dearest prized.
    --Shak.

  9. The act of the hand on a musical instrument; bence, in the plural, musical notes.

    Soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony.
    --Shak.

  10. A small quantity intermixed; a little; a dash.

    Eyes La touch of Sir Peter Lely in them.
    --Hazlitt.

    Madam, I have a touch of your condition.
    --Shak.

  11. A hint; a suggestion; slight notice.

    A small touch will put him in mind of them.
    --Bacon.

  12. A slight and brief essay. [Colloq.]

    Print my preface in such form as, in the booksellers' phrase, will make a sixpenny touch.
    --Swift.

  13. A touchstone; hence, stone of the sort used for touchstone. [Obs.] `` Now do I play the touch.''
    --Shak.

    A neat new monument of touch and alabaster.
    --Fuller.

  14. Hence, examination or trial by some decisive standard; test; proof; tried quality.

    Equity, the true touch of all laws.
    --Carew.

    Friends of noble touch .
    --Shak.

  15. (Mus.) The particular or characteristic mode of action, or the resistance of the keys of an instrument to the fingers; as, a heavy touch, or a light touch; also, the manner of touching, striking, or pressing the keys of a piano; as, a legato touch; a staccato touch.

  16. (Shipbilding) The broadest part of a plank worked top and but (see Top and but, under Top, n.), or of one worked anchor-stock fashion (that is, tapered from the middle to both ends); also, the angles of the stern timbers at the counters.
    --J. Knowles.

  17. (Football) That part of the field which is beyond the line of flags on either side.
    --Encyc. of Rural Sports.

  18. A boys' game; tag.

  19. (Change Ringing) A set of changes less than the total possible on seven bells, that is, less than 5,040.

  20. An act of borrowing or stealing. [Slang]

  21. Tallow; -- a plumber's term. [Eng.] In touch

    1. (Football), outside of bounds.
      --T. Hughes.

    2. in communication; communicating, once or repeatedly. To be in touch,

      1. to be in contact, communication, or in sympathy.

      2. to be aware of current events. To keep touch.

        1. To be true or punctual to a promise or engagement [Obs.]; hence, to fulfill duly a function.

          My mind and senses keep touch and time.
          --Sir W. Scott.

        2. To keep in contact; to maintain connection or sympathy; -- with with or of. Also

          to keep in touch.

          Touch and go, a phrase descriptive of a narrow escape.

          True as touch (i. e., touchstone), quite true. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
touch

c.1300, from Old French toche "touch, a touching; a blow, attack; a test" (Modern French touche), from tocher "to touch" (see touch (v.)). Meaning "slight attack" (of an illness, etc.) is recorded from 1660s. Sense of "communication" (to be in or out of touch) is from 1884. Sense of "skill or aptitude in some topic" is first recorded 1927, probably from music or the arts. Soft touch "person easily manipulated" is recorded from 1940.

touch

late 13c., "make deliberate physical contact with," from Old French tochier "to touch, hit, knock; mention, deal with" (11c., Modern French toucher), from Vulgar Latin *toccare "to knock, strike" as a bell (source also of Spanish tocar, Italian toccare), perhaps of imitative origin. Related: Touched; touching.\n

\nFrom c.1300 in transitive sense "bring into physical contact," also "pertain to." Other senses attested from 14c. are "perceive by physical contact, examine by sense of touch," also "be or come into physical contact with; come to rest on; border on, be contiguous with;" also "use the sense of touch," and "mention, describe." From early 14c. as "affect or move mentally or emotionally," with notion of to "touch" the heart or mind. Also from early 14c. as "have sexual contact with." Meaning "to get or borrow money" first recorded 1760. Touch-and-go (adj.) is recorded from 1812, apparently from the name of a tag-like game, first recorded 1650s. Touch football is first attested 1933. Touch-me-not (1590s) translates Latin noli-me-tangere.

Wiktionary
touch

n. 1 An act of touching, especially with the hand or finger. 2 The faculty or sense of perception by physical contact. 3 The style or technique with which one plays a musical instrument. 4 A distinguishing feature or characteristic. 5 A little bit; a small amount. 6 The part of a sports field beyond the touchlines or goal-lines. 7 A relationship of close communication or understanding. 8 The ability to perform a task well; aptitude. vb. 1 Primarily physical senses. 2 # (label en transitive) To make physical contact with; to bring the hand, finger or other part of the body into contact with. (from 14th c.) 3 # (label en transitive) To come into (involuntary) contact with; to meet or intersect. (from 14th c.) 4 # (label en intransitive) To come into physical contact, or to be in physical contact. (from 14th c.) 5 # (label en intransitive) To make physical contact with a thing. (from 14th c.) 6 # (label en transitive) To physically disturb; to interfere with, molest, or attempt to harm through contact. (from 14th c.) 7 # (label en transitive) To physically affect in specific ways implied by context. (from 15th c.) 8 # (label en transitive) To consume, or otherwise use. (from 15th c.)

WordNet
touch
  1. n. 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" [syn: touching]

  2. the faculty of touch; "only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us" [syn: sense of touch, skin senses, touch modality, cutaneous senses]

  3. a suggestion of some quality; "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face" [syn: trace, ghost]

  4. a distinguishing style; "this room needs a woman's touch" [syn: signature]

  5. the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights" [syn: touching]

  6. a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a touch of garlic" [syn: hint, tinge, mite, pinch, jot, speck, soupcon]

  7. a communicative interaction; "the pilot made contact with the base"; "he got in touch with his colleagues" [syn: contact]

  8. a slight attack of illness; "he has a touch of rheumatism" [syn: spot]

  9. the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan); "he watched the beggar trying to make a touch"

  10. the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin; "she likes the touch of silk on her skin"; "the surface had a greasy feeling" [syn: touch sensation, tactual sensation, tactile sensation, feeling]

  11. deftness in handling matters; "he has a master's touch"

  12. the feel of mechanical action; "this piano has a wonderful touch"

touch
  1. v. make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch the stone for good luck"; "She never touched her husband"

  2. perceive via the tactile sense; "Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her"

  3. affect emotionally; "A stirring movie"; "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy" [syn: stir]

  4. have to do with or be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments" [syn: refer, pertain, relate, concern, come to, bear on, touch on]

  5. 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" [syn: adjoin, meet, contact]

  6. have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?" [syn: affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on]

  7. 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"

  8. cause to be in brief contact with; "He touched his toes to the horse's flanks"

  9. to extend as far as; "The sunlight reached the wall"; "Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall" [syn: reach, extend to]

  10. 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" [syn: equal, rival, match]

  11. tamper with; "Don't touch my CDs!" [syn: disturb]

  12. make a more or less disguised reference to; "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it" [syn: allude, advert]

  13. comprehend; "He could not touch the meaning of the poem"

  14. consume; "She didn't touch her food all night" [syn: partake]

  15. dye with a color [syn: tint, tinct, bepaint, tinge]

Wikipedia
Touch (band)

Touch was a rock band from New York City formed in 1978. Mark Mangold (songwriter and keyboards), Glen Kithcart (drums), and Craig Brooks (guitars) had all previously been in the band American Tears (releasing three albums on Columbia Records). The lineup was completed by bassist Doug Howard.

Touch (Eurythmics album)

Touch is the third studio album by the British new wave duo Eurythmics, released on 14 November 1983. The album was the duo's first UK number-one album, and also reached the top 10 in the US. It has since been certified Platinum in both the UK and the US. The album was listed in Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003, and again in a revised list in 2012.

Touch (disambiguation)

Touch is one of the sensations processed by the somatosensory system giving rise to touching behavior.

Touch may also refer to:

Touch (rugby)

Touch is the area outside two touch-lines which define the sides of the playing area in a game of rugby football. As the touch-lines are not part of the playing area they are usually included as part of touch.

When a ball is "kicked into touch", it means that it has been kicked out of the playing area into the touch area. In American sports usage, the phrase "out of bounds" signifies the same as "touch."

Touch (1960s band)

Touch was a 1960s progressive rock band who recorded one album, 1968's eponymous and extremely rare Touch. They consisted of John Bordonaro (drums, percussion, vocals), Don Gallucci (keyboards, vocals), Bruce Hauser (bass, vocals), Jeff Hawks (vocals), and Joey Newman AKA Vern Kjellberg (guitar, vocals).

Touch (ballet)

Touch is a ballet made by David Parsons on the New York City Ballet to music by Richard Peaslee. The premiere took place February 15, 1996, at the New York State Theater, Lincoln Center.

Touch (river)

The Touch is a long river in southwestern France, left tributary of the Garonne. Its source is in the département of Haute-Garonne, near Lilhac.

It flows through the following départements and towns:

  • Haute-Garonne: Bérat, Lherm, Plaisance-du-Touch, Tournefeuille, Blagnac, Toulouse.

It flows into the river Garonne at Toulouse.

Touch (NEWS album)

Touch is the first studio album by Japanese musical group NEWS, released on April 27, 2005. The album reached the number one position on the Oricon Daily Album Chart and Oricon Weekly Album Chart. Four singles have been released from this album.

Touch (Natasha Bedingfield song)

"Touch" is a song performed by British singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield. The song written by Bedingfield, Julian Bunetta and Steve Kipner was released to the U.S. iTunes Store on 18 May 2010 as the lead single from her third studio album, Strip Me, which came out in late 2010. The song was sent to U.S. radio on 29 June 2010 and then later confirmed to be a trailer single, whilst the album's title track serves as the first official single.

Touch (sport)

Touch (also known as Touch Football or Touch Rugby) is a variant of rugby football that is organised by the Federation International Touch (FIT).

Touch is a variation of rugby league with the tackling of opposing players replaced by a touch. Touch is therefore not a contact sport but a limited-contact sport. The basic rules of touch were established in the 1960s by the South Sydney Junior Rugby League Club.

Distinctive features of touch football include the ease of learning it, minimal equipment requirements and the ability to play it without fear of major injury. While it is generally played with two teams of six on-field players, some social competitions allow different number of players per team on the field. It is played by both sexes, and in age divisions from primary school children to over-50s. The mixed version of the game (where both male and female players are on the field at the same time) is particularly popular with social players, and it is widely played in schools. There are other versions of Touch rugby that informally are organised.

Touch (manga)

is a Japanese high school baseball manga by Mitsuru Adachi. It was originally serialized in the weekly manga magazine Shōnen Sunday from 1981–1986. The manga was also adapted into a 101-episode anime TV series – which was one of the highest-rated anime television series ever, three theatrical anime movies which summarized the TV series, two anime TV specials which take place after the events in the TV series, a live-action TV drama special, and a live-action movie released in 2005. Touch was one of the winners of the 1983 Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen or shōjo manga, along with Adachi's Miyuki.

Touch (Unix)

touch is a standard Unix command-line interface program which is used to update the access date and / or modification date of a file or directory. In its default usage, it is the equivalent of creating or opening a file and saving it without any change to the file contents. Touch eliminates the unnecessary steps of opening the file, saving the file, and closing the file again. Instead it simply updates the dates associated with the file or directory. An updated access or modification date can be important for a variety of other programs such as backup utilities or the make command-line interface programming utility. Typically these types of programs are only concerned with files which have been created or modified after the program was last run. Touch can also be useful for quickly creating files for programs or scripts that require a file with a specific name to exist for successful operation of the program, but do not require the file to have any specific content.

Touch (Laura Branigan album)

Touch is the fifth album by American singer Laura Branigan, released in 1987 on Atlantic Records.

This album marked a change in Branigan's career. Under new management and using a different producer, the singer took a more active role in the studio, gaining hands-on experience which she used to self-produce tracks on her subsequent albums. Touch also saw her return to dancefloors with the first single, the Stock/Aitken/Waterman-produced "Shattered Glass", which was released in June 1987 and was a US top 50 hit. She had a Top 40 hit with a cover of Jennifer Rush's minor U.S. hit, " Power of Love", which was released in October 1987. "Spirit of Love" was released as a single in Europe. "Cry Wolf" was the album's third single release in the US, and was a top 30 AC hit.

Touch (Sarah McLachlan album)

Touch is the debut album by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, released in 1988 and then re-released in 1989.

The album was originally released in 1988 by Nettwerk. McLachlan later signed to Arista Records internationally (although remaining on Nettwerk in Canada), and a revamped version of Touch, with several remixed songs and a new track, was released in 1989 on both labels. The original 1988 release was discontinued by Nettwerk, and is now considered a collector's item. It is distinguished by its black and sepia cover. The first released single from the album was " Vox" in 1988, followed by "Steaming" in 1989.

The album was popular in alternative rock circles, but McLachlan would not achieve commercial stardom until 1991 in Canada, with Solace, and 1994 (1995 in some countries) internationally, with her 1993 album Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.

In 1993, McLachlan and Nettwerk were sued by Darryl Neudorf, a Vancouver musician and former member of 54-40, who alleged that he had made a significant and uncredited contribution to the songwriting on Touch. Although both McLachlan and Nettwerk acknowledged that Neudorf was involved in the album's production, both took the position that his contribution had not been primarily in songwriting. The judge in that suit ultimately ruled in McLachlan's favor.

Touch (Con Funk Shun album)

Touch is the seventh album by the Vallejo, California musical group Con Funk Shun. It was released in late 1980 on the Mercury Records label.

Touch (Miss A album)

Touch is the first mini album by South Korean- Chinese girl group Miss A. It was released on February 20, 2012. The album contains six new tracks. The song Touch served as its lead single.

Only track no.1: Touch and track no.5: Over U were later added on Miss A's second album Hush

Touch (Shift K3Y song)

"Touch" is a song by British record producer and DJ Shift K3Y. The song was released in the United Kingdom on 13 April 2014 as a digital download. The song peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart. It was written and produced by Shift K3Y.

Touch (Delirious? album)

Touch is an album released by Delirious? in 2002. It is essentially a clone of album Audio Lessonover? released in North America. In fact, only the first song, "Touch", is new. "Love is the Compass" and "Waiting for the Summer" are different versions from the UK release, and four songs present on Audio Lessonover were removed from Touch.

The cover for the album featured a black thermosensitive plate which would reveal a photograph of the band when it became warm (ideally, from the "touch" of a human hand).

Two versions of this album exist, a limited edition two-disc set and an 'international version' only containing disc one.

Touch (Amerie album)

Touch is the second studio album by American R&B recording artist Amerie, released in the United States on April 26, 2005 by Columbia Records and Sony Urban Music. Following the release of her debut album, All I Have (2002), and her first acting role (in the film First Daughter), Amerie began work on her second studio album. As with All I Have, the album was co-written and produced by mentor Rich Harrison, with contributions from additional productions. Unlike her debut, Amerie co-wrote every track but one, and assumed more creative control over the visual imagery accompanying the album, such as videos and artwork.

Touch is an R&B album with a diverse musical style; a transition from Amerie's neo-soul debut. Its songs feature pulses, funky percussion, pumping energy, go-go beats with an organic core built around horns and electric pianos. Upon release Touch received generally positive reviews from music critics, who praised Amerie's vocals and Harrison's production. The album received numerous accolades including two Grammy Award nominations at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards including Best Contemporary R&B Album.

Commercially the album fared well debuting at number five on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 124,000 copies and was later certified gold by the RIAA, having sold 406,000 copies in the United States as of June 2009. The album also fared well elsewhere peaking within the top forty of the UK Albums Chart. The album spawned three singles including the lead single " 1 Thing" which became Amerie's most commercially successful song to date, which peaked at number eight, on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was followed by the release of the less successful singles " Touch" and " Talkin' About".

Touch (1997 film)

Touch is a 1997 film written and directed by Paul Schrader, based on a novel by Elmore Leonard.

The film, which has elements of drama and black comedy, stars Christopher Walken, Richard Schiff, Bridget Fonda, Skeet Ulrich, Tom Arnold, Gina Gershon, Lolita Davidovich, Janeane Garofalo and Paul Mazursky. It was shot in Fullerton, California.

The soundtrack of the movie was composed and recorded by Dave Grohl, and released on his Capitol Records imprint, Roswell Records. The majority of the tracks are instrumental, with the exception of "How Do You Do," as well as two songs performed with Louise Post of Veruca Salt. The release would also mark the first time Grohl used his pseudonym Late, as credited in the liner notes, since the release of Pocketwatch in 1992.

Touch (The Supremes album)

Touch is the twenty-third studio album by The Supremes, released in the summer of 1971 on the Motown label. It was the third and final LP under the supervision of Frank Wilson, who had been the group's main producer since 1970, when Jean Terrell joined as lead singer. The album also marked the first Motown contributions by composer-producer Leonard Caston, Jr. and writer-lyricist Kathleen Wakefield: " Nathan Jones", a hit single sung by all three members, which was later recorded by Bananarama, and "Love It Came to Me This Time".

The album included contributions by several Motown artists and staff writers: "Here Comes the Sunrise" by actor-composer Clifton Davis (who had written " Never Can Say Goodbye" for The Jackson 5); Billy Page's "Johnny Raven" (recorded by Kiki Dee in her 1970 Motown album), and "Have I Lost You" by Pam Sawyer and Gloria Jones. Wilson also recorded Jean Terrell's vocals to the backing track of a cover of Laura Nyro's "Time and Love" that Bones Howe had produced for Diana Ross, but that was shelved and remained unreleased until 2002.

The other tracks were written by Sawyer and Wilson, including the opening and closing numbers, "This Is the Story" and "It's So Hard for Me to Say Goodbye"; "Happy (Is a Bumpy Road)", released as flip side of "Nathan Jones"; and the album title track, " Touch", the first charting Supremes single to feature lead vocals by both Terrell and founding member Mary Wilson. The song missed the US top 40, peaking at #71, and it was later recorded by The Jackson 5.

After this release, producer Frank Wilson went on to work with Motown artis Eddie Kendricks. This album also contained liner notes written by Elton John, and sold over 100,000 copies in the USA.

Touch (Pia Mia song)

"Touch" is a song recorded by American singer Pia Mia. It was released as the second single from her upcoming debut studio album on 30 October 2015 by Interscope Records. It was written by Pia Mia, co-written and produced by Stargate. The song has peaked to number 47 on both the Australian Singles Chart and the UK Singles Chart. The song was critically acclaimed by music critics.

Touch (Noiseworks song)

"Touch" is a song by Australian rock-pop band Noiseworks. It was released in October 1988 as the first single from their second studio album Touch (1988) and peaked at number 12 on the ARIA singles chart.

In July 2012, Jon Stevens (of Noiseworks) teamed up with production outfit Silver Sneakerz for a dance remix of "Touch". It was released on dance label Hussle Recordings (a division of Ministry of Sound). They performed the track live on The X Factor (Australia season 4) on 30 October 2012.

Touch (Omarion song)

"Touch" is a song from American R&B singer Omarion. It was released on October 1, 2004 as the second single off his debut album O. The song was written by Pharrell Williams and includes his background vocals on the song's bridge. The song was produced by The Neptunes. "Touch" was originally planned to be the first single from O in the UK. However, it was eventually decided that, as in the U.S., "O" would be the first single from O there as well. It was a minor hit in the U.S., peaking at only number 94 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 35 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Touch (Amerie song)

"Touch" is a song by American R&B singer-songwriter Amerie from her second studio album, Touch (2005). Written by Amerie, Lil Jon, Sean Garrett, LRoc, Craig Love, and LaMarquis Jefferson and produced by Lil Jon, the track was released as the album's second single. While "Touch" reached the top twenty in the United Kingdom and Ireland and number thirty-three in Australia, it failed to match the success of " 1 Thing" in the United States, missing the Billboard Hot 100 and only reaching number ninety-five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Touch (Tea Party song)

"Touch" is a song by Canadian rock band The Tea Party. It was released as a promotional single in Australia and Canada and a single in Germany then withdrawn, prior to the release of the European Triptych Tour Edition 2000 album. The German single features a remix of "Temptation" by Rhys Fulber and, "Turn The Lamp Down Low (blues version)" recorded during The Edges of Twilight sessions.

"Touch" is the opening song on Triptych, a rock composition of heavy drums, distorted guitar and bass with a keyboard accompaniment.

Touch (Lebanon)

On June 1, 2004, Zain (formerly known as MTC Group), was tendered a 4-year agreement by the Lebanese government to manage one of the country’s two existing mobile networks (Mobile Interim Company 2 – MIC2). In November 2004, the operation was branded as mtc touch, then as touch since June 2012. It remains today the sole subsidiary amongst 6 others not to be owned by Zain Group.

All of Touch’s employees are Lebanese. In November 2011, Touch launched 3G/HSPA+ service in the country meanwhile the company planned the construction of 50 sites that will provide 4G coverage.

Zain (formerly MTC) was founded in 1983. As of June 30, 2010, MTC Touch operates in eight Middle Eastern and African countries with a workforce of over 5,000; providing mobile voice and data services to over 34.2 million active individual and business customers.

On June 19, 2012, MTC Touch rebranded into “touch” and adopted a new corporate identity featuring a 3D touch print in turquoise. Touch is the leading company right now in Lebanon with over 2 million users. Touch's only competitor is Alfa telecommunications managed by Orascom telecommunications. In late November, Touch and Alfa tested 4G LTE connection for a second time, and announced its launch in all Lebanon in early 2013. Touch has now released its 4G network in mobile devices. MTC Touch and Alfa charge customers among the highest rates in the world.

Touch (The Supremes song)

"Touch" is a soft ballad written by Pamela Sawyer and Frank Wilson, who also produced it as a single for Motown recording group The Supremes, who issued it as a single in 1971.

It was the title track of the group's fourteenth studio album of the same name. It was the first single in which sole original Supremes member Mary Wilson had a lead vocal on a released Supremes single. Cindy Birdsong also sings lead toward the end of the song.

The single, upon release, peaked at number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming the first post- Diana Ross Supremes song to do so. It was also the last single in which Frank Wilson would serve as producer.

This single would later be covered two years later by The Jackson 5 as the b-side to their single "Hallelujah Day", with almost no changes to the lyrics, lead singer Michael Jackson was only fourteen at the time he recorded the song for the Skywriter album.

Touch (Shura song)

"Touch" is the debut single from Singer-songwriter and musician Shura. It was released in March 2014 and re-released in February 2016, featuring vocals from rapper Talib Kweli, through Polydor Records. It eventually became the lead single of Shura's debut studio album, entitled Nothing's Real.

Touch (Noiseworks album)

Touch is the second studio album by Australian rock band Noiseworks. It was released by CBS Records on 11 November, 1988.

The album debuted at No. 5 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Chart. The album was produced by Chris Kimsey ( The Rolling Stones) and Noiseworks. The title track preceded it as the first single, peaking at No. 12 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Subsequent singles " Voice of Reason", " Simple Man", and "In My Youth" failed to make the Top 40. Nevertheless, Noiseworks was now one of Australia's most popular live rock acts.

Touch (TV series)

Touch is an American thriller television series that ran on Fox from January 25, 2012, to May 10, 2013. The series was created by Tim Kring and starred Kiefer Sutherland. During its first season the series aired regularly on Thursday nights beginning March 22, 2012. Thirteen episodes were ordered for the first season, with the two-episode season finale airing on Thursday, May 31, 2012. On May 9, 2012, Fox renewed the show for a second season. The second season was originally scheduled to begin Friday, October 26, 2012, but was pushed back to Friday, February 8, 2013.

On May 9, 2013, Fox canceled Touch after two seasons.

Usage examples of "touch".

MacInnes strode forward to receive the raucous greeting and Abigail watched the reunion with a touch of envy.

Once in a while, though, there would be glimpses of the sun--which looked abnormally large--and of the moon, whose markings held a touch of difference from the normal that I could never quite fathom.

Nearly every item that came aboard was subject to a gentle touch of his hand before being taken below.

His shaft filled her, until she was abrim with him, so deep he touched her very womb.

The Acceptor probed and touched and caressed this new region of space with its farflung senses.

As he studied her sleeping face, he ached inside to stop the car and take hold of her, to whisper her name against her mouth, to tell her how much he loved her, how much he wanted her, so much that already his body-He cursed under his breath, reminding himself that he was closer now to forty than to twenty and that the turbulent, uncontrollable reaction of his body to the merest thought of touching her was the reaction of an immature boy, not an adult man.

Raby had that touch of generosity in her own character that never permitted her to see merit without openly acknowledging, and endeavouring to reward it.

And I thought the way we met, with the FBI vouching for Nield, was something slightly esoteric, a comedy 276 touch like the Acme Quick Service brothers.

Then, a bell sounds, and acrasin is released by special cells toward which the others converge in stellate ranks, touch, fuse together, and construct the slug, solid as a trout.

Venerian lives upon the bottom of an everlasting sea of fog and his thin epidermis, utterly without pigmentation, burns and blisters as frightfully at the least exposure to actinic light as does ours at the touch of a red-hot iron.

Ashurst remarks that while the cutaneous surface of the stump was acutely sensitive to the touch, there was no manifestation of pain evinced upon handling the exposed nerve.

The hair was so acutely sensitive that the slightest touch occasioned severe pain at the roots.

Deaf people have always been remarkable for their acuteness of vision, touch, and smell.

The spinnerets touch it somewhere, anywhere, and that is enough: adhesion is at once restored.

Here it obviously is not the mere touch, but the effect produced by the caustic, which induces the tip to transmit some influence to the adjoining part, causing it to bend away.