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[tak-til, -tahyl] /ˈtæk tɪl, -taɪl/
of, pertaining to, endowed with, or affecting the sense of touch.
perceptible to the touch; tangible.
Origin of tactile
1605-15; < Latin tāctilis tangible, equivalent to tāct(us) (past participle of tangere to touch) + -ilis -ile
Related forms
[tak-til-i-tee] /tækˈtɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nontactile, adjective
nontactility, noun
untactile, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tactile
  • There is a growing opportunity for tactile scholarship.
  • Listening to music involves not only hearing but also visual, tactile and emotional experiences.
  • The tactile pleasure the interface provides beyond its utility quickly brought it accolades.
  • So rather than improving grip, they may improve one's tactile sense.
  • They argue that this and subsequent research have shown that sound can modulate visual perception and tactile stimuli.
  • Body, temperature, and astringency are coffee's tactile markers.
  • Touch each object you want to touch as if tomorrow your tactile sense would fail.
  • Perhaps its members are attracted by vinyl's enjoyably tactile elements, such as the liner notes.
  • The cinematography is so tactile that even a scraggly building has the power to move us with its purchase on our attention.
  • Microfiber suede seat inserts are optional and improve tactile feel, as well as add additional support.
British Dictionary definitions for tactile


of, relating to, affecting, or having a sense of touch: a tactile organ, tactile stimuli
(rare) capable of being touched; tangible
Derived Forms
tactility (tækˈtɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tactilis, from tangere to touch
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Word Origin and History for tactile

1610s, "perceptible to touch," from French tactile, from Latin tactilis "tangible, that may be touched," from tactus, past participle of tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Meaning "of or pertaining to touch" is attested from 1650s.

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tactile in Medicine

tactile tac·tile (tāk'təl, -tīl')

  1. Perceptible to the sense of touch; tangible.

  2. Used for feeling.

  3. Of, relating to, or proceeding from the sense of touch; tactual.

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tactile in Science
  (tāk'təl, tāk'tīl')   
Used for or sensitive to touch.
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