untouching

touching

[tuhch-ing]
adjective
1.
affecting; moving; pathetic: a touching scene of farewell.
2.
that touches.
preposition
3.
in reference or relation to; concerning; about: He wrote touching future plans.

Origin:
1250–1300; touch + -ing2

touchingly, adverb
touchingness, noun
untouching, adjective


1. stirring; poignant; piteous. 2. tangent.
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touching (ˈtʌtʃɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  evoking or eliciting tender feelings: your sympathy is touching
 
prep
2.  on the subject of; relating to
 
'touchingly
 
adv
 
'touchingness
 
n

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touch
late 13c., from O.Fr. touchier "to touch, hit, knock" (11c.), from V.L. *toccare "to knock, strike" as a bell (cf. Sp. tocar, It. toccare), perhaps of imitative origin. Meaning "to get or borrow money" first recorded 1760. Touched "stirred emotionally" is from mid-14c.; touching "affecting the emotions"
is from 1601. Touch and go (adj.) is recorded from 1812, apparently from the name of a tag-like game, first recorded 1655. Touch football is first attested 1933. Touch-me-not (1590s) translates L. noli-me-tangere.

touch
c.1300, from O.Fr. touche "a touching," from touchier (see touch (v.)). Meaning "slight attack" (of an illness, etc.) is recorded from 1662. Sense of "skill or aptitude in some topic" is first recorded 1927. Soft touch "person easily manipulated" is recorded from 1940.
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Medical Dictionary

touch (tŭch)
n.

  1. The physiological sense by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body.

  2. Digital examination.


touch·a·ble adj.
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