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haptics

[hap-tiks] /ˈhæp tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the branch of psychology that investigates sensory data and sensation derived from the sense of touch and localized on the skin.
2.
Digital Technology. the study or use of tactile sensations and the sense of touch as a method of interacting with computers and electronic devices:
Haptics allows you to feel and manipulate digitized objects in a virtual 3-D environment.
Origin of haptics
1890-1895
1890-95; see haptic; -ics
Related forms
haptic, haptical, adjective

haptic

[hap-tik] /ˈhæp tɪk/
adjective, Sometimes, haptical
1.
of or relating to the sense of touch:
the haptic sensation of holding a real book in your hands.
2.
Digital Technology. of or relating to tactile sensations and the sense of touch as a method of interacting with computers and electronic devices: smartphones that incorporate haptic feedback;
haptic technology.
noun
3.
Usually, haptics. Digital Technology.
  1. a vibration or other tactile sensation received from a computer or electronic device:
    You can save power by adjusting the haptics and brightness of your phone.
  2. an input or output device that senses the body's movements by means of physical contact with the user:
    joysticks and other haptics.
Origin
1860-70; < Greek haptikós ‘able to grasp or perceive,’ equivalent to háp(tein) ‘to grasp, sense, perceive’ + -tikos -tic
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British Dictionary definitions for haptics

haptic

/ˈhæptɪk/
adjective
1.
relating to or based on the sense of touch
Word Origin
C19: from Greek, from haptein to touch
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Word Origin and History for haptics
n.

1895, from haptic; see -ics.

haptic

adj.

"pertaining to the sense of touch," 1890, from Greek haptikos "able to come into contact with," from haptein "to fasten."

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haptics in Medicine

haptics hap·tics (hāp'tĭks)
n.
The science that deals with the sense of touch.

haptic hap·tic (hāp'tĭk)
adj.
Of or relating to the sense of touch; tactile.

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haptics in Technology
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The science of applying tactile sensation to human interaction with computers.
Haptics Community (http://haptic.mech.northwestern.edu/).
(2003-10-17)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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