touching

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English touchynge, equivalent to touch +‎ -ing.

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touching

  1. present participle of touch

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touching (comparative more touching, superlative most touching)

  1. Provoking sadness and pity; that can cause sadness or heartbreak among witnesses to a sad event or situation.
    a touching story
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touching

  1. (archaic) Regarding; concerning.
    • Bible, 1 Corinthians 8:1
      Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have knowledge.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English touching, touchinge, touchynge, equivalent to touch +‎ -ing.

Noun[edit]

touching (plural touchings)

  1. The act by which something is touched.
    • 2011, Lance J. Rips, Lines of Thought: Central Concepts in Cognitive Psychology, page 168:
      But we can also take a more analytical attitude to these displays, interpreting the movements as no more than approachings, touchings, and departings with no implication that one shape caused the other to move.
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