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TOUCHING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does touching mean? 

TOUCHING (noun)
  The noun TOUCHING has 2 senses:

1. the event of something coming in contact with the body
2. the act of putting two things together with no space between them

  Familiarity information: TOUCHING used as a noun is rare.


TOUCHING (adjective)
  The adjective TOUCHING has 1 sense:

1. arousing affect

  Familiarity information: TOUCHING used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


TOUCHING (noun)


Sense 1touching [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The event of something coming in contact with the body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

touch; touching

Context examples:

he longed for the touch of her hand / the cooling touch of the night air

Hypernyms ("touching" is a kind of...):

contact; impinging; striking (the physical coming together of two or more things)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "touching"):

brush; light touch (momentary contact)

stroke (a light touch)


Sense 2touching [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of putting two things together with no space between them

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

touching; touch

Context example:

at his touch the room filled with lights

Hypernyms ("touching" is a kind of...):

deed; effort; exploit; feat (a notable achievement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "touching"):

contact; physical contact (the act of touching physically)

grazing; shaving; skimming (the act of brushing against while passing)

lap; lick (touching with the tongue)

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

stroke; stroking (a light touch with the hands)

tickle; tickling; titillation (the act of tickling)

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

grope (the act of groping; and instance of groping)

fingering (touching something with the fingers)

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

catch; grab; snap; snatch (the act of catching an object with the hands)

buss; kiss; osculation (the act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof))

kiss (a light glancing touch)

dig; jab (the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow)

hit; hitting; striking (the act of contacting one thing with another)

dab; pat; tap (a light touch or stroke)


TOUCHING (adjective)


Sense 1touching [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Arousing affect

Synonyms:

affecting; poignant; touching

Context examples:

the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scene / poignant grief cannot endure forever / his gratitude was simple and touching

Similar:

moving (arousing or capable of arousing deep emotion)


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