tac·​til·​i·​ty tak-ˈti-lə-tē How to pronounce tactility (audio)
: the capability of being felt or touched
: responsiveness to stimulation of the sense of touch

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The unglazed tactility of the outside offers a nice contrast to the speckled pink and blue glazed surfaces on the inside. Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, 9 May 2023 Shooting in saturated daytime ochres and fluorescent darkness, Leon and cinematographer Brett Jutkiewicz capture the city’s alluring, enveloping glare and movement with woozy tactility, while Nicholas Britell’s score blends sidewalk noise and clatter into its moody synthetic mass. Guy Lodge, Variety, 14 Jan. 2022 Villeneuve wanted tactility, not control. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 WandaVision has a sense of place and tactility. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 10 Feb. 2021 The tactility of hand-weaving conveys the comfort and discomfort brought on by forthright communication. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Feb. 2023 Its steering is nicely weighted but lacks tactility and the same could be said of the brake pedal. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 8 Feb. 2023 The blend of animation styles—combining the tactility of stop-motion with the whimsy of C.G.I.—manages to capture the moods of both parts of the day. The New Yorker, 9 Jan. 2023 And for many, the tactility of putting brush on canvas is an intimate and joyous form of expression that simply cannot be replaced. Anthony W. Lee, WIRED, 27 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tactility was in 1659

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“Tactility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tactility. Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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