(Touch"hole`) n. The vent of a cannot or other firearm, by which fire is communicateed to
the powder of the charge.
(Touch"i*ly) adv. In a touchy manner.
(Touch"i*ness) n. The quality or state of being touchy peevishness; irritability; irascibility.
(Touch"ing) a. Affecting; moving; pathetic; as, a touching tale. Touch"ing*ly adv.
(Touch"ing), prep. Concerning; with respect to.
Now, as touching things offered unto idols.1 Cor. viii. 1.
(Touch"ing), n. The sense or act of feeling; touch.
(Touch"-me-not`) n. (Bot.) (a) See Impatiens. (b) Squirting cucumber. See under
(Touch"-nee`dle) n. (Metal.) A small bar of gold and silver, either pure, or alloyed in
some known proportion with copper, for trying the purity of articles of gold or silver by comparison of
the streaks made by the article and the bar on a touchstone.
(Touch"-pa`per) n. Paper steeped in saltpeter, which burns slowly, and is used as a match
for firing gunpowder, and the like.
1. (Min.) Lydian stone; basanite; so called because used to test the purity of gold and silver by the
streak which is left upon the stone when it is rubbed by the metal. See Basanite.
2. Fig.: Any test or criterion by which the qualities of a thing are tried. Hooker.
The foregoing doctrine affords us also a touchstone for the trial of spirits.South. Irish touchstone (Min.), basalt, the stone which composes the Giant's Causeway.