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See also: multitouch


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multi- +‎ touch


multi-touch (not comparable)

  1. (computing) Of a computer tablet or touch-screen interface, accepting more than one touch at the same time.
    • 1983, Personal Computing, v 7, p 347:
      The PowerPad is used to produce multi-touch, multi-color graphics.
    • 2007 June 29, John Markoff, “Chiefs Defend Slow Network for the iPhone”, in New York Times[1]:
      Mr. Jobs seized on the multitouch technology after Apple product designers proposed it as a “safari pad,” a portable Web surfing appliance.
    • 2008, “Asus Eee PC 901” (review), in MaximumPC (December), South San Francisco: Future US, p 64:
      Its trackpad is multi-touch and quite comfortable, though we found its sensitivity too high.
    • 2009, Jonathan Zdziarski, IPhone SDK Application Development: Building Applications for the AppStore, Sebastopol, Cal.: O'Reilly, p 118:
      The multi-touch support on the iPhone provides a series of touch events consisting of smaller, individual parts of a single multi-touch gesture. For example, placing your finger on the screen generates one event, placing a second finger on the screen generates another, and moving either finger generates yet another.



multi-touch (uncountable)

  1. (computing) Multi-touch capability.
    • 2004, Wontaek Seo and Beom-joon Cho, “Efficient Segmentation Path Generation”, Artificial Intelligence: Methodology, Systems, and Applications: 11th International Conference, Springer, p 445:
      But the performance of multi-touch is not so impressive.
    • 2009, Brian Fling, Mobile Design and Development: Practical Concepts and Techniques for Creating Mobile Sites and Web Apps, Sebastopol, Cal.: O'Reilly, p 227:
      One incredible example comes from Thomas Robinson [. . .] ; he creates a virtual light table that pulls in Flickr photos, then uses multitouch to allow you to use two fingers to pinch, zoom, rotate, or simply move the images around on the screen (Figure 12–16).