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Examples of tactile in a Sentence
- 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
- There is a tactile and therefore somatic dimension to stroking the chalk that keeps the artist in constant, responsible and responsive touch with his emerging creation. —Jed Perl, New Republic, 17 June 2002
- The keyboard has good tactile feedback, and the touch pad is responsive without being too twitchy. —Bruce Brown, PC Magazine, 20 Feb. 2001
- … nothing prepared me for the tactile reality of the original volumes, leaf after carefully written leaf over which his hand had travelled … —Edmund Morris, New Yorker, 16 Jan. 1995
- Near midday the heat of the sun bounced up from the bare patches of soil to hit with an almost tactile force. —Edward O. Wilson, Smithsonian, October 1984
The thick brushstrokes give the painting a tactile quality.
Recent Examples of tactile from the Web
With such playful and touchable projects as a fountain of feathers, or a furry wall that plays music when visitors rub against it, the show is unusually tactile and interactive.
Those are personal, horrifying and tactile and intimate, deaths.
The fabrics were very tactile and soft but the collection had a tougher realism to it.
Claire is a very sort of gregarious, open, friendly, tactile person.
Except that money can’t purchase the beauty that comes from tangible, tactile experience.
Over time—sometimes up to a year—tactile feeling can come back, but the sensation probably won’t be erogenous.
At the time the Krim children were murdered, the defense claims, Ortega was hearing voices and suffering from tactile hallucinations, which included feeling as though the Devil was entering her body.
Except that money can't purchase the beauty that comes from tangible, tactile experience.
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Reach Out and Touch The Meaning of tactile
Tangible is related to tactile, and so are intact, tact, contingent, tangent, and even entire. There's also the uncommon noun taction, meaning "the act of touching." Like tactile, all of these words can be traced back to the Latin verb tangere, meaning "to touch." Tactile was adopted by English speakers in the early 17th century (possibly by way of the French tactile) from the Latin adjective tactilis ("tangible"). Tactilis comes from tactus, a past participle of tangere.
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Definition of tactile for English Language Learners
: relating to the sense of touch
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