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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
In Fox Talbot’s work, the visual and tactile uniquely meet.
These days simulations on screens have replaced such models, sacrificing some of their tactile value while gaining the ability to show movement.
Junior, who communicates with tactile sign language, said of the video and its wide viewership.
Here the memories become more tactile and intuitive.
During his meeting with the North Korean leader, Trump took a tactile approach, repeatedly shaking Kim’s hand and touching his arm.
Lee and his team found tactile reminders of the victims’ lives: a driver’s license for a Leslie A. Whittington, a pair of children’s pajamas, a Barbie doll, and most disturbingly, a child’s foot.
For the mom who takes some pleasure in the tactile elements of sorting and scheduling, consider these items.
To him, the tactile nature of the Les Paul, its raw, soul-channeling power, remains his creative outlet.
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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
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