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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Touch \Touch\, n. [Cf. F. touche. See {Touch}, v. ]
      1. The act of touching, or the state of being touched;
                     Their touch affrights me as a serpent's sting.
      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.
      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
      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.
      12. A slight and brief essay. [Colloq.]
                     Print my preface in such form as, in the
                     booksellers' phrase, will make a sixpenny touch.
      13. A touchstone; hence, stone of the sort used for
            touchstone. [Obs.] [bd] Now do I play the touch.[b8]
                     A neat new monument of touch and alabaster.
      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.
      {In touch} (Football), outside of bounds. --T. Hughes.
      {To be in touch}, to be in contact, or in sympathy.
      {To keep touch}.
            (a) 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.
            (b) To keep in contact; to maintain connection or
                  sympathy; -- with with or of.
      {Touch and go}, a phrase descriptive of a narrow escape.
      {True as touch} (i. e., touchstone), quite true. [Obs.]
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