To touch at
Touch Touch, v. i. 1. To be in contact; to be in a state of junction, so that no space is between; as, two spheres touch only at points. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

2. To fasten; to take effect; to make impression. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Strong waters pierce metals, and will touch upon gold, that will not touch upon silver. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. To treat anything in discourse, especially in a slight or casual manner; -- often with on or upon. [1913 Webster]

If the antiquaries have touched upon it, they immediately quitted it. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut) To be brought, as a sail, so close to the wind that its weather leech shakes. [1913 Webster]

{To touch and go} (Naut.), to touch bottom lightly and without damage, as a vessel in motion.

{To touch at}, to come or go to, without tarrying; as, the ship touched at Lisbon.

{To touch on} or {To touch upon}, (a) to come or go to for a short time. [R.] [1913 Webster]

I made a little voyage round the lake, and touched on the several towns that lie on its coasts. --Addison. [1913 Webster] (b) to discuss briefly, as only a small part of a discourse. [PJC]


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  • To come at — Come Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To strike at — Strike Strike, v. i. To move; to advance; to proceed; to take a course; as, to strike into the fields. [1913 Webster] A mouse . . . struck forth sternly [bodily]. Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] 2. To deliver a quick blow or thrust; to give blows.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To reach at — Reach Reach, v. i. 1. To stretch out the hand. [1913 Webster] Goddess humane, reach, then, and freely taste! Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To strain after something; to make efforts. [1913 Webster] Reaching above our nature does no good. Dryden.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To hint at — Hint Hint, v. i. To make an indirect reference, suggestion, or allusion; to allude vaguely to something. [1913 Webster] We whisper, and hint, and chuckle. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] {To hint at}, to allude to lightly, indirectly, or cautiously. Syn …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To touch and go — Touch Touch, v. i. 1. To be in contact; to be in a state of junction, so that no space is between; as, two spheres touch only at points. Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. To fasten; to take effect; to make impression. [R.] [1913 Webster] Strong waters… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To touch on — Touch Touch, v. i. 1. To be in contact; to be in a state of junction, so that no space is between; as, two spheres touch only at points. Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. To fasten; to take effect; to make impression. [R.] [1913 Webster] Strong waters… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To touch upon — Touch Touch, v. i. 1. To be in contact; to be in a state of junction, so that no space is between; as, two spheres touch only at points. Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. To fasten; to take effect; to make impression. [R.] [1913 Webster] Strong waters… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To Touch the Soul — Infobox Film name = To Touch the Soul image size = caption = Theatrical poster director = Ryan Goble producer = Teresa Hagen Co producers: Ryan Goble Erin Henning writer = Story: Teresa Hagen Writers: Ryan Goble Erin Henning narrator = Cassandra… …   Wikipedia

  • To touch bottom — Bottom Bot tom (b[o^]t t[u^]m), n. [OE. botum, botme, AS. botm; akin to OS. bodom, D. bodem, OHG. podam, G. boden, Icel. botn, Sw. botten, Dan. bund (for budn), L. fundus (for fudnus), Gr. pyqmh n (for fyqmh n), Skr. budhna (for bhudhna), and Ir …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To keep at arm's length — Keep Keep (k[=e]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kept} (k[e^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Keeping}.] [OE. k[=e]pen, AS. c[=e]pan to keep, regard, desire, await, take, betake; cf. AS. copenere lover, OE. copnien to desire.] 1. To care; to desire. [Obs.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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