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 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 put upon — Put Put, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Put}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Putting}.] [AS. potian to thrust: cf. Dan. putte to put, to put into, Fries. putje; perh. akin to W. pwtio to butt, poke, thrust; cf. also Gael. put to push, thrust, and E. potter, v. i.] 1. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To come upon — 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 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 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… …   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 a sail — Touch Touch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Touched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Touching}.] [F. toucher, OF. touchier, tuchier; of Teutonic origin; cf. OHG. zucchen, zukken, to twitch, pluck, draw, G. zukken, zukken, v. intens. fr. OHG. ziohan to draw, G. ziehen,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To touch the wind — Touch Touch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Touched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Touching}.] [F. toucher, OF. touchier, tuchier; of Teutonic origin; cf. OHG. zucchen, zukken, to twitch, pluck, draw, G. zukken, zukken, v. intens. fr. OHG. ziohan to draw, G. ziehen,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To touch up — Touch Touch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Touched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Touching}.] [F. toucher, OF. touchier, tuchier; of Teutonic origin; cf. OHG. zucchen, zukken, to twitch, pluck, draw, G. zukken, zukken, v. intens. fr. OHG. ziohan to draw, G. ziehen,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • touch upon something — ˈtouch on/upon sth derived to mention or deal with a subject in only a few words, without going into detail • In his speech he was only able to touch on a few aspects of the problem. • The central issue of the debate was hardly touched on in his… …   Useful english dictionary

  • touch upon — Synonyms and related words: address to, affect, allude to, answer to, appertain to, apply to, bear on, bear upon, belong to, blink, bring to attention, bring to notice, brush, brush by, call attention to, carefully ignore, cite, cold shoulder,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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