tactile
adjective Etymology: French or Latin; French, from Latin tactilis, from tangere to touch — more at tangent Date: 1615 1. perceptible by touch ; tangible 2. of, relating to, or being the sense of touch • tactilely adverb

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  • tactile — [ taktil ] adj. • 1541; lat. tactilis 1 ♦ Didact. Qui est perçu par le toucher. Corps tactile. ⇒ palpable. 2 ♦ (1762) Qui concerne le tact. Perceptions tactiles. Zool. Poils tactiles, qui chez certains animaux servent au tact (ex. moustaches du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Tactile — Tac tile, a. [L. tactilis, fr. tangere, tactum, to touch: cf. F. tactile.] Of or pertaining to the organs, or the sense, of touch; perceiving, or perceptible, by the touch; capable of being touched; as, tactile corpuscles; tactile sensations.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tactile — Tac tile, a. [L. tactilis, fr. tangere, tactum, to touch: cf. F. tactile.] Of or pertaining to the organs, or the sense, of touch; perceiving, or perceptible, by the touch; capable of being touched; as, tactile corpuscles; tactile sensations.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tactile — (adj.) 1610s, perceptible to touch, from Fr. tactile, from L. tactilis tangible, that may be touched, from tactus, pp. of tangere to touch (see TANGENT (Cf. tangent)). Meaning of or pertaining to touch is attested from 1650s …   Etymology dictionary

  • tactile — index bodily, material (physical), palpable, tangible Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • tactile — [adj] touchable material, palpable, physical, solid, tactual, tangible; concepts 529,582 …   New thesaurus

  • tactile — Tactile. adj. de t. g. Qui se peut toucher. Il n a d usage que dans le dogmatique, & dans cette phrase. Qualitez tactiles …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • tactile — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of or connected with the sense of touch. 2) perceptible or designed to be perceived by touch. 3) given to touching others in a friendly or sympathetic way. DERIVATIVES tactility noun. ORIGIN Latin tactilis, from tangere to touch …   English terms dictionary

  • tactile — [tak′təl; ] chiefly Brit [, tak′tīl΄] adj. [Fr < L tactilis < tangere, to touch: see TACT] 1. that can be perceived by the touch; tangible 2. of, having, or related to the sense of touch tactility [tak′til′ə tē] n …   English World dictionary

  • tactile — [[t]tæ̱ktaɪl, AM t(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as tactile, you mean that they tend to touch other people a lot when talking to them. I am a very tactile person. My father in law is always very surprised when I kiss him on both… …   English dictionary

  • Tactile — Having to do with touch. * * * Relating to touch or to the sense of touch. [L. tactilis, fr. tango, pp. tactus, to touch] * * * tac·tile tak təl, .tīl adj 1) of, relating to, mediated by, or affecting the sense of touch <tactile sensations> …   Medical dictionary

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