haptic

adjective
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.

Examples of haptic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both touchscreens feature audible and haptic feedback, but the screens require a deliberate touch. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Audi Q7 55 Is Quick and Quiet," 16 Mar. 2020 So the Battelle team set about figuring out how to amplify that tiny signal with haptic feedback, like the vibrations of a mobile phone or game controller. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "BCI system gives paralyzed man back his sense of touch with haptic feedback," 24 Apr. 2020 In the middle of the instrument panel is a 10.9-inch touchscreen with haptic feedback to show navigation, entertainment, and a number of other vehicle systems and settings. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet: Fast Headroom," 16 Apr. 2020 The robot needed both the symbolic and haptic components to do the best job. Smithsonian Magazine, "A New Study Finds People Prefer Robots That Explain Themselves," 1 Mar. 2020 The haptic controls and the menus of the infotainment and HVAC screen take a little getting used to, but with a little familiarity, the functions become intuitive. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Audi S7 Asks if Looks Matter," 13 Apr. 2020 The robot needed both the symbolic and haptic components to do the best job. Smithsonian Magazine, "A New Study Finds People Prefer Robots That Explain Themselves," 1 Mar. 2020 The new DualSense wireless controller has more immersive 3D audio, improved tactile sensations via haptic feedback, such as rumbling and shaking, so users can better feel what's going on within a game. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Sony unveils its new PlayStation 5 controller, the DualSense," 7 Apr. 2020 The robot needed both the symbolic and haptic components to do the best job. Smithsonian Magazine, "A New Study Finds People Prefer Robots That Explain Themselves," 1 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of haptic was in 1860

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27 May 2020

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“Haptic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haptic. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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haptic

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