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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
By Mat Hennek Get lost in the woods with this collection of inviting forest photographs, gorgeously printed on thick, tactile paper.
Something about the combination of the social, tactile and theatrical is irresistible.
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Kozie clothes have therapeutic benefits, and are designed to provide proprioceptive and tactile sensory input, such as gentle pressure, to comfort children with highly sensitive nervous systems.
It has been established that the tactile element alone in animal therapy releases endorphins, so called feel-good hormones that counteract the trauma hormones of adrenaline and cortisol.
In the more distant future, a tactile sensor might give you an enhanced sense of touch.
Others translate auditory information into tactile sensation for the deaf or use sounds to supply missing haptic information for burn victims and leprosy patients.
Additionally, there are auditory, visual and tactile features available on both sides.
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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.
TACTILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tactile for English Language Learners
: relating to the sense of touch
TACTILE Defined for Kids
Definition of tactile for Students
: relating to the sense of touch
Word Root of tactile
The Latin word tangere, meaning “to touch,” and its form tactus give us the roots tang and tact. Words from the Latin tangere have something to do with touching. Something tangible is able to be touched. Contact is a meeting or touching of people or things. Something intact is unharmed, whole, and untouched. Anything tactile relates to the sense of touch.
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