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tactual (comparative more tactual, superlative most tactual)

  1. Of, or relating to the sense of touch.
    • 1642, Henry More, Psychodia Platonica, Cambridge, Book 3, p. 61,[1]
      [] how doth Psyche heare or see
      That hath nor eyes nor eares? She sees more clear
      Then we that see but secundarily.
      We see at distance by a circular
      Diffusion of that spright of this great sphere
      Of th’Universe: Her sight is tactuall.
      The sunne and all the starres that do appear
      She feels them in herself []
    • 1906, Ambrose Bierce, “king's evil”, in The Cynic's Word Book, London: Arthur F. Bird, →OCLC, page 211:
      [] the later sovereigns of England have not been tactual healers, and the disease once honored with the name “king’s evil” now bears the humbler one of “scrofula” []
    • 1908, Helen Keller, The World I Live In, New York: The Century Co., Chapter 1, p. 8,[2]
      My world is built of touch-sensations, devoid of physical color and sound [] . Every object is associated in my mind with tactual qualities which, combined in countless ways, give me a sense of power, of beauty, or of incongruity: for with my hands I can feel the comic as well as the beautiful in the outward appearance of things.
    • 1932, Aldous Huxley, chapter 3, in Brave New World[3], Chatto & Windus:
      ‘Going to the Feelies this evening, Henry?’ enquired the Assistant Predestinator. ‘I hear the new one at the Alhambra is first-rate. There’s a love scene on a bearskin rug; they say it’s marvellous. Every hair of the bear reproduced. The most amazing tactual effects.’


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