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touching
  • n  the event of something coming in contact with the body
  • n  the act of putting two things together with no space between them
  • v  make physical contact with, come in contact with
  • v  perceive via the tactile sense
    Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her
  • v  affect emotionally
  • v  be relevant to
  • v  be in direct physical contact with; make contact
  • v  have an effect upon
  • v  deal with; usually used with a form of negation
  • v  cause to be in brief contact with
  • v  to extend as far as
  • v  be equal to in quality or ability
  • v  tamper with
  • v  make a more or less disguised reference to
  • v  comprehend
  • v  consume
  • v  color lightly
  • s  arousing affect
    his gratitude was simple and touching
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touchy
  • s  quick to take offense
  • s  difficult to handle; requiring great tact
    a touchy subject
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touchy-feely
  • s  (often derogatory) openly expressing love and affection (especially through physical contact)
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tough
  • n  someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
  • n  an aggressive and violent young criminal
  • n  a cruel and brutal fellow
  • a  not given to gentleness or sentimentality
    a tough character
  • s  very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution
    the competition was tough
    it's a tough life
    it was a tough job
  • a  physically toughened
    the tough bottoms of his feet
  • s  substantially made or constructed
    a tough all-weather fabric
    some plastics are as tough as metal
  • s  violent and lawless
    tough street gangs
  • s  feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')
    he was feeling tough after a restless night
  • a  resistant to cutting or chewing
  • s  unfortunate or hard to bear
    a tough break
  • s  making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
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tough-minded
  • s  facing facts or difficulties realistically and with determination
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tough-skinned
  • s  having a relatively tough outer covering
  • s  insensitive to criticism
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toughened
  • v  make tough or tougher
  • a  physically toughened
  • a  made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment
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toupeed
  • s  wearing a small hairpiece to cover partial baldness
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touristed
  • s  visited by throngs of tourists
    of the three American Virgin islands St. Thomas is the most touristed
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touristy
  • s  visited by throngs of tourists
    tourists descend in busloads...so the whole place is rather touristy
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tousled
  • v  disarrange or rumple; dishevel
    The strong wind tousled my hair
  • s  in disarray; extremely disorderly
    a bed with tousled sheets
    his brown hair was tousled, thick, and curly"- Al Spiers
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towering
  • v  appear very large or occupy a commanding position
  • s  of imposing height; especially standing out above others
    towering icebergs
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toxic
  • a  of or relating to or caused by a toxin or poison
    suffering from exposure to toxic substances
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toxicant
  • n  any substance that causes injury or illness or death of a living organism
  • s  having the qualities or effects of a poison
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trabeate
  • s  not arcuate; having straight horizontal beams or lintels (rather than arches)
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trabeated
  • s  not arcuate; having straight horizontal beams or lintels (rather than arches)
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