adjective tac·tile \ˈtak-təl, -ˌtī(-ə)l\

: relating to the sense of touch

Full Definition of TACTILE

:  perceptible by touch :  tangible
:  of, relating to, or being the sense of touch
tac·tile·ly \-tə-lē, -ˌtīl-lē\ adverb

Examples of TACTILE

  1. The thick brushstrokes give the painting a tactile quality.
  2. He not only had visual difficulties but tactile ones, too—witness his grasping his wife's head and mistaking it for a hat … —Oliver Sacks, New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2002

Origin of TACTILE

French or Latin; French, from Latin tactilis, from tangere to touch — more at tangent
First Known Use: 1615

Rhymes with TACTILE

TACTILELY Defined for Kids


adjective tac·tile \ˈtak-təl\

Definition of TACTILE for Kids

:  relating to the sense of touch

Word Root of TACTILE

The Latin word tangere, meaning to touch, and its form tactus give us the roots tang and tact. Words from the Latin tangere have something to do with touching. Something tangible is able to be touched. Contact is a meeting or touching of people or things. Something intact is unharmed, whole, and untouched. Anything tactile relates to the sense of touch.


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