3. To come to; to reach; to attain to.
The god, vindictive, doomed them never more-Pope.
Ah, men unblessed! to touch their natal shore.
4. To try; to prove, as with a touchstone. [Obs.]
Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed.Shak.
5. To relate to; to concern; to affect.
The quarrel toucheth none but us alone.Shak.
6. To handle, speak of, or deal with; to treat of.
Storial thing that toucheth gentilesse.Chaucer.
7. To meddle or interfere with; as, I have not touched the books. Pope.
8. To affect the senses or the sensibility of; to move; to melt; to soften.
What of sweet beforeMilton.
Hath touched my sense, flat seems to this and harsh.
The tender sire was touched with what he said.Addison.
9. To mark or delineate with touches; to add a slight stroke to with the pencil or brush.
The lines, though touched but faintly, are drawn right.Pope.
10. To infect; to affect slightly. Bacon.
11. To make an impression on; to have effect upon.
Its face . . . so hard that a file will not touch it.Moxon.
12. To strike; to manipulate; to play on; as, to touch an instrument of music.
[They] touched their golden harps.Milton.
13. To perform, as a tune; to play.
A person is the royal retinue touched a light and lively air on the flageolet.Sir W. Scott.
14. To influence by impulse; to impel forcibly. " No decree of mine, . . . [to] touch with lightest moment
of impulse his free will," Milton.
15. To harm, afflict, or distress.
Let us make a covenant with thee, that thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee.Gen.
xxvi. 28, 29.
16. To affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree; to make partially insane; rarely used except in
the past participle.
She feared his head was a little touched.Ld. Lytton.
17. (Geom.) To be tangent to. See Tangent, a.
18. To lay a hand upon for curing disease.