hap·​tic | \ ˈhap-tik How to pronounce haptic (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web For a Blind person who wants to keep track of their keys, Tile neither has support for VoiceOver nor haptic feedback to assist in location. Steven Aquino, Forbes, "Accessibility, As Ever, Sprung Forth In New Products Announced At Apple’s ‘Spring Loaded’ Event," 26 Apr. 2021 The AirTags are located by an iPhone using geolocation, input from the camera, audible signals, and haptic feedback. Gear Team, Wired, "Everything Apple Announced Today: New iMacs, iPads, AirTags," 20 Apr. 2021 The automatic climate controls are now touch-sensitive buttons, and the standard Arteon-specific steering wheel features touch-sensitive buttons with haptic feedback. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 VW Arteon is a beautiful alternative to a world clogged with crossovers (review)," 10 Apr. 2021 Amazon has a patent for a haptic feedback bracelet that could buzz when a worker reached for the wrong item. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "As Amazon Workers Organize, They Stress: ‘We Are Not Robots’," 9 Apr. 2021 The containers use a broad range of haptic feedback and virtual reality to immerse players into the experience. Cathy Hackl, Forbes, "UNCONTAINED Hopes To Fill The Void Left In LBVR With Hyper-Immersive Plug-And-Play Modular Units," 7 Apr. 2021 The steering is responsive, with a meaty steering wheel equipped with haptic controls that seem pretty intuitive, based on brief experience. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2022 VW Golf R, hot hatchback for connoisseurs, keeps the compact performance flag flying," 15 Mar. 2021 The controllers will also offer haptic feedback to vibrate during specific actions within a game. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "PlayStation VR: These are the new controllers for Sony's virtual reality platform," 18 Mar. 2021 The next step could be introducing touch, or haptic feedback, into the handsets. cleveland, "Virtual reality giving MetroHealth neurosurgeons a chance to ‘pre-do’ brain surgery: Brain tech in Cleveland," 18 Mar. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Haptic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haptic. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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hap·​tic | \ ˈhap-tik How to pronounce haptic (audio) \
variants: also haptical \ -​ti-​kəl How to pronounce haptic (audio) \

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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