touching

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtʌtʃɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌtʃɪŋ
  • Hyphenation: touch‧ing

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Verb[edit]

touching

  1. present participle of touch

Adjective[edit]

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.
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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.
  2. (India, in the plural) A snack served with alcoholic drinks in an informal environment.
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