haptic

adjective
hap·​tic | \ ˈhap-tik \

Definition of haptic 

1 : relating to or based on the sense of touch
2 : characterized by a predilection for the sense of touch a haptic person

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Haptic (from the Greek haptesthai, meaning "to touch") entered English in the late 19th century as a medical synonym for "tactile." By the middle of the 20th century, it had developed a psychological sense, describing individuals whose perception supposedly depended primarily on touch rather than sight. Although almost no one today divides humans into "haptic" and "visual" personalities, English retains the broadened psychological sense of "haptic" as well as the older "tactile" sense.

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Other big features include dual SIM with eSIM support for additional carriers on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, and a notification preview using haptic touch on iPhone XR. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The latest iOS update makes it easier to flip the camera during FaceTime calls," 5 Dec. 2018 To access it, long-press on your phone’s screen, and a bit of haptic feedback will confirm your selection. Jon Porter, The Verge, "iPhone XR’s Haptic Touch will soon gain another 3D Touch feature," 8 Nov. 2018 In Go Touch VR’s new system, derived from its engineers’ expertise in haptic feedback, the user wears three sensors on each hand, which resemble the things look like the blood-pressure sensors doctors place on your fingertips. Eric Adams, WIRED, "VR Pilot Training Now Comes With a Sense of Touch," 26 June 2018 The new solid state home button doesn’t actually move, but rather gives off a haptic touch that mimics the feeling of that movement. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Apple Could Be Removing Buttons as You Know Them From the Apple Watch," 9 June 2018 On the interior, Audi overhauled its infotainment operating system, featuring haptic and acoustic feedback when the screen is tapped. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Audi Q8 SUV revealed: Luxury SUV market gets new 5-passenger model," 5 June 2018 Ignore the audio, visual, and haptic feedback for 15 seconds, and Super Cruise disengages. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "GM rolling out its amazing Super Cruise tech to more cars and brands," 6 June 2018 Developers are harnessing haptic technology that uses force, vibration and motion to simulate the feel of a virtual object. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 4 Apr. 2018 Audio, visual, and haptic (touch) sensors were part of the design. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "Russia and China's "Enhanced Human Operations" Terrify the Pentagon," 16 Dec. 2015

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First Known Use of haptic

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for haptic

back-formation from haptics

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haptic

adjective
hap·​tic | \ ˈhap-tik \
variants: also haptical \ -​ti-​kəl \

Medical Definition of haptic 

1 : relating to or based on the sense of touch the haptic mode of perception— Colin Gordon
2 : characterized by a predilection for the sense of touch a haptic person

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