ETYM Old Eng. strok, strook, strak, from striken. Related to Strike.
1. A light touch.
2. A light touch with the hands; SYN. stroking.
3. A single complete movement.
4. Any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing.
5. A mark made by a writing implement (as in cursive writing).
ETYM Cf. French touche. Related to Touch.
Sensation produced by specialized nerve endings in the skin. Some respond to light pressure, others to heavy pressure. Temperature detection may also contribute to the overall sensation of touch. Many animals, such as nocturnal ones, rely on touch more than humans do. Some have specialized organs of touch that project from the body, such as whiskers or antennae.
(Irregular plural: touches).
1. The faculty of touch; SYN. sense of touch, skin senses, touch modality, cutaneous senses.
2. The event of something coming in contact with the body; SYN. touching.
3. The sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin; SYN. touch sensation, tactual sensation, tactile sensation, feeling.
4. The act of putting two things together with no space between them; SYN. touching.
5. A small but appreciable amount; SYN. hint, mite, pinch, jot, speck, soupcon.
6. A suggestion of some quality; SYN. trace, ghost.
7. The act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan).
8. Deftness in handling matters.
9. The feel of mechanical action.
10. A distinguishing style; SYN. signature.
11. A slight attack of illness; SYN. spot.
ETYM French, from Latin tractus, from trahere to draw. Related to Trace, Tract a region, Trace a strap, Tret.
A distinguishing feature of one's personal nature.
1. Blow, strike.
2. Jeer, gibe.
3. An act or instance of wiping.
4. A transition from one scene or picture to another (as in movies or television) made by a line moving across the screen.
5. Something (as a towel) used for wiping.