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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
Ripert mentions his sensual, tactile approach; Barber his improvisation.
There’s something simultaneously tawny, tactile and jeweled about Kamuda’s work.
The charging pad or base station can have visual or tactile signifiers of the optimal position for the phone
Vikander’s iteration of Croft is a more lithe, tactile version of Jolie’s original embodiment.
For example, the maze will incorporate visual and tactile elements.
Surgeons say no mannequin or computer simulation can replicate the tactile response and emotional experience of practicing on human body parts.
No manager seems to embrace a player in the aftermath of victory quite like the tactile German.
The steering is a little lighter than in Porsche’s sports cars, but still hyperaccurate and pleasantly tactile.
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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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Word Root of tactile
medical Definition of tactile
- tactile sensations
- tactile stimuli
- tactile anesthesia
tactilelyplay \-ē\ adverb
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