retouch

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From French retoucher

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retouch (third-person singular simple present retouches, present participle retouching, simple past and past participle retouched)

  1. (transitive) To improve something (especially a photograph), by adding or correcting details, or by removing flaws.
    • a. 1701, John Dryden, “Epistle the Fourteenth. To Sir Godfrey Kneller, Principal Painter to His Majesty.”, in The Miscellaneous Works of John Dryden, [], volume II, London: [] J[acob] and R[ichard] Tonson, [], published 1760, OCLC 863244003, page 201:
      For time ſhall with his ready pencil ſtand; / Retouch your figures with his ripening hand; / Mellow your colors, and imbrown the teint; / Add every grace, which time alone can grant; / To future ages ſhall your fame convey, / And give more beauties than he takes away.
  2. (transitive) To colour the roots of hair to match hair previously coloured.
  3. (archaeology) To modify a flint tool by making secondary flaking along the cutting edge.

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retouch (plural retouches)

  1. The act of retouching.

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