tactility

noun
tac·​til·​i·​ty | \ tak-ˈti-lə-tē How to pronounce tactility (audio) \

Definition of tactility

1 : the capability of being felt or touched
2 : responsiveness to stimulation of the sense of touch

Examples of tactility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their tactility creates a positive feedback loop between your feet and your brain. Scott Gilbertson, Wired, "The Best Shoes I've Ever Worn Are Hardly Shoes at All," 7 Nov. 2020 Her show—also a somewhat traditional format—expressed a hankering for tactility, which added a more sensual dimension to the designer’s aesthetic. Anders Christian Madsen, Vogue, "Paris Fashion Week Spring 2021: An On-the-Ground Report," 7 Oct. 2020 Just as modelling clay is no substitute for the tactility of bona-fide ceramics, the Zoom classes, no matter their rewards, can’t replace the ambience of the studio, where so much depends on proximity, on happenstance, on touch. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, "How a Revered Studio for Artists with Disabilities Is Surviving at a Distance," 24 Sep. 2020 The downside for some, however, is the same thing that many like about them: the noise and tactility. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Keyboards for Gaming, Comfort, and Not Disturbing Your Coworkers," 15 July 2020 In her own way, Hoff—far removed from the viscera and tactility of fishing—is filling in the lines of Lofoten's present history, inhabiting ancient corners of the island with art in order to keep them alive. Leslie Pariseau, Saveur, "The Shipwrecked Sailors & the Wandering Cod," 19 Sep. 2016 The downside for some, however, is the same thing that many like about them: the noise and tactility. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Keyboards for Gaming, Comfort, and Not Disturbing Your Coworkers," 15 July 2020 The big advantage with these keyboards, which use individual mechanical key switches as opposed to the rubber membranes or rubber domes found on others, is their responsiveness and tactility—often with a satisfying click sound. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Keyboards for Gaming, Comfort, and Not Disturbing Your Coworkers," 15 July 2020 With so much of life transported online, there is huge satisfaction in the tactility of board games, an almost indecent pleasure in rolling dice, dealing cards, hopscotching a game piece to a square. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Trapped at Home? Game On!," 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of tactility

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Nov 2020

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“Tactility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tactility. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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