I. verb Etymology: French retoucher, from Middle French, from re- + toucher to touch Date: 1685 transitive verb 1. to rework in order to improve ; touch up 2. to alter (as a photographic negative) to produce a more desirable appearance 3. to color (new growth of hair) to match previously dyed, tinted, or bleached hair intransitive verb to make or give retouches • retoucher noun II. noun Date: 1703 the act or process or an instance of retouching; especially the retouching of a new growth of hair

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  • Retouch — Re*touch , v. t. [Pref. re + touch: cf. F. retoucher.] 1. To touch again, or rework, in order to improve; to revise; as, to retouch a picture or an essay. [1913 Webster] 2. (Photog.) To correct or change, as a negative, by handwork. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Retouch — may refer to:*Retouch (lithics), the work done to a flint implement after its preliminary roughing out *Retouching, editing photographic imagery …   Wikipedia

  • Retouch — Re*touch , n. (Fine Arts) A partial reworking,as of a painting, a sculptor s clay model, or the like. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • retouch — index emend, enhance, fix (repair), renew (refurbish), repair, restore (renew) …   Law dictionary

  • retouch — (v.) 1640s, from Fr. retoucher (13c.) to touch again (with a view to improving), from re again (see RE (Cf. re )) + toucher (see TOUCH (Cf. touch) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • retouch — ► VERB ▪ improve or repair (a painting, photograph, etc.) by making slight additions or alterations. DERIVATIVES retoucher noun …   English terms dictionary

  • retouch — [rē tuch′; ] for n., also [ rē′tuch΄] vt. [Fr retoucher: see RE & TOUCH] 1. to touch up or change details in (a painting, essay, etc.) in order to improve it 2. Photog. to change (a negative or print) by adding details or removing blemishes, etc …   English World dictionary

  • retouch — UK [ˌriːˈtʌtʃ] / US [ˌrɪˈtʌtʃ] verb [transitive] Word forms retouch : present tense I/you/we/they retouch he/she/it retouches present participle retouching past tense retouched past participle retouched to make slight changes to something such as …   English dictionary

  • retouch — retouchable, adj. retoucher, n. v. /ree tuch /; n. /ree tuch , ree tuch /, v.t. 1. to improve with new touches, highlights, or the like; touch up or rework, as a painting or makeup. 2. Photog. to alter (a negative or positive) after development… …   Universalium

  • retouch — 1. verb /ɹɪˈtʌʧ/ a) To improve something (especially a photograph), by adding or correcting details, or by removing flaws. b) To colour the roots of hair to match hair previously coloured. 2. noun /ɹɪˈtʌʧ/ …   Wiktionary

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