1. concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations

    Synonyms : theoretic
    Antonyms : empirical
    Examples :
    • theoretical science
  2. concerned with theories rather than their practical applications

    Antonyms : applied
    Examples :
    • theoretical physics


  1. understood in a certain way; made sense of

    Synonyms : interpreted
    Examples :
    • a word taken literally
    • a smile taken as consent
  2. be affected with an indisposition

    Examples :
    • the child was taken ill
    • couldn't tell when he would be taken drunk


  1. causing a surge of emotion or excitement

    Synonyms : electrifying
    Examples :
    • a thrilling performer to watch
  2. causing quivering or shivering as by cold or fear or electric shock

    Examples :
    • a thrilling wind blew off the frozen lake


  1. a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands

    Synonyms : teardrop
    Type Of : drop, driblet, drib
    Examples :
    • his story brought tears to her eyes
  2. strip of feathers

    Synonyms : deplumate, deplume, displume, pluck, pull
    Type Of : strip
  3. an occasion for excessive eating or drinking

    Synonyms : binge, bout, bust
    Type Of : revelry, revel
  4. move quickly and violently

    Synonyms : buck, charge, shoot, shoot down
    Type Of : pelt along, hasten, hie, step on it, speed, rush along, belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, rush, hotfoot, race
  5. separate or cause to separate abruptly

    Synonyms : bust, rupture, snap
    Type Of : part, disunite, separate, divide
    Examples :
    • tear the paper
  6. an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart

    Synonyms : rent, rip, snag, split
    Type Of : gap, opening
  7. fill with tears or shed tears

    Type Of : cry, weep
    Examples :
    • Her eyes were tearing
  8. the act of tearing

    Type Of : separation
    Examples :
    • he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear
  9. to separate or be separated by force

    Type Of : part, divide, disunite, separate


  1. a distinguishing style

    Synonyms : signature
    Type Of : manner, mode, style, way, fashion
    Examples :
    • this room needs a woman's touch
  2. make a more or less disguised reference to

    Synonyms : advert, allude
    Type Of : hint, suggest
  3. consume

    Synonyms : partake
    Type Of : consume, have, take in, ingest, take
    Examples :
    • She didn't touch her food all night
  4. the event of something coming in contact with the body

    Synonyms : touching
    Type Of : contact, impinging, striking
    Examples :
    • he longed for the touch of her hand
    • the cooling touch of the night air
  5. be relevant to

    Synonyms : bear on, come to, concern, have to do with, pertain, refer, relate, touch on
  6. a suggestion of some quality

    Synonyms : ghost, trace
    Type Of : suggestion, proffer, proposition
    Examples :
    • there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone
  7. have an effect upon

    Synonyms : affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch on
    Type Of : change, modify, alter
  8. the act of putting two things together with no space between them

    Synonyms : touching
    Type Of : human activity, human action, deed, act
    Examples :
    • at his touch the room filled with lights
  9. be equal to in quality or ability

    Synonyms : equal, match, rival
    Type Of : contend, compete, vie
    Examples :
    • Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues
  10. a communicative interaction

    Synonyms : contact
    Type Of : communicating, communication
    Examples :
    • he got in touch with his colleagues
  11. a slight attack of illness

    Synonyms : spot
    Type Of : attack
    Examples :
    • he has a touch of rheumatism
  12. affect emotionally

    Synonyms : stir
    Type Of : strike, move, affect, impress
    Examples :
    • I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy
  13. the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands)

    Synonyms : cutaneous senses, sense of touch, skin senses, touch modality
    Type Of : somatosense, exteroception
    Examples :
    • only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us
  14. tamper with

    Synonyms : disturb
    Type Of : alter, change, modify
    Examples :
    • Don't touch my CDs!
  15. to extend as far as

    Synonyms : extend to, reach
    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • The chair must not touch the wall
  16. a slight but appreciable amount

    Synonyms : hint, jot, mite, pinch, soupcon, speck, tinge
    Type Of : small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    Examples :
    • this dish could use a touch of garlic
  17. be in direct physical contact with; make contact

    Synonyms : adjoin, contact, meet
    Examples :
    • The two buildings touch
    • Their hands touched
  18. the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin

    Synonyms : feeling, tactile sensation, tactual sensation, touch sensation
    Type Of : perception
    Examples :
    • she likes the touch of silk on her skin
  19. color lightly

    Synonyms : tinct, tinge, tint
    Type Of : color, colourize, colourise, colour in, colour, colorize, colorise, color in
  20. cause to be in brief contact with

    Examples :
    • He touched his toes to the horse's flanks
  21. comprehend

    Type Of : understand
    Examples :
    • He could not touch the meaning of the poem
  22. deal with; usually used with a form of negation

    Type Of : handle, manage, deal, care
    Examples :
    • I wouldn't touch her with a ten-foot pole
    • The local Mafia won't touch gambling
  23. deftness in handling matters

    Type Of : adroitness, quickness, adeptness, facility, deftness
    Examples :
    • he has a master's touch
  24. make physical contact with, come in contact with

    Examples :
    • She never touched her husband
  25. perceive via the tactile sense

    Type Of : perceive, comprehend
    Examples :
    • Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her
  26. the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan)

    Type Of : solicitation
    Examples :
    • he watched the beggar trying to make a touch
  27. the feel of mechanical action

    Type Of : tactile property, feel
    Examples :
    • this piano has a wonderful touch


  1. the physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance)

    Synonyms : grain
    Type Of : physical composition, makeup, composition, make-up, constitution
    Examples :
    • breadfruit has the same texture as bread
    • fish with a delicate flavor and texture
  2. the characteristic appearance of a surface having a tactile quality

    Type Of : visual property
  3. the essential quality of something

    Type Of : quality, character, lineament
    Examples :
    • the texture of Neapolitan life
  4. the feel of a surface or a fabric

    Type Of : tactile property, feel
    Examples :
    • the wall had a smooth texture
  5. the musical pattern created by parts being played or sung together

    Type Of : musicalness, musicality
    Examples :
    • then another melodic line is added to the texture


  1. an automotive vehicle suitable for hauling

    Synonyms : motortruck
    Type Of : automotive vehicle, motor vehicle
  2. a handcart that has a frame with two low wheels and a ledge at the bottom and handles at the top; used to move crates or other heavy objects

    Synonyms : hand truck
    Type Of : go-cart, handcart, pushcart, cart
  3. convey (goods etc.) by truck

    Type Of : transport
    Examples :
    • truck fresh vegetables across the mountains


  1. draw from; make good use of

    Synonyms : exploit
    Type Of : apply, employ, utilize, use, utilise
  2. tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information

    Synonyms : bug, intercept, wiretap
    Type Of : eavesdrop, listen in
    Examples :
    • The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy
  3. dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes

    Synonyms : tapdance
    Type Of : dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
    Examples :
    • Glover tapdances better than anybody
  4. make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently

    Synonyms : beg, solicit
    Type Of : request, bespeak, ask for, quest, call for
  5. a gentle blow

    Synonyms : rap, strike
    Type Of : blow, bump
  6. the sound made by a gentle blow

    Synonyms : pat, rap
    Type Of : sound
  7. make light, repeated taps on a surface

    Synonyms : knock, pink, rap
    Type Of : go, sound
    Examples :
    • he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently
  8. a plug for a bunghole in a cask

    Synonyms : spigot
    Type Of : stopple, plug, stopper
  9. a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask

    Synonyms : hydrant, water faucet, water tap
    Type Of : spigot, plumbing fixture, faucet
  10. the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information

    Synonyms : wiretap
    Type Of : investigating, investigation
  11. a light touch or stroke

    Synonyms : dab, pat
    Type Of : touching, touch
  12. strike lightly

    Synonyms : tip
    Type Of : strike
    Examples :
    • He tapped me on the shoulder
  13. a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)

    Type Of : plate
  14. a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads

    Type Of : tool
  15. cut a female screw thread with a tap

    Type Of : cut
  16. draw from or dip into to get something

    Type Of : draw off, take out, draw, withdraw
    Examples :
    • tap one's memory
    • tap a source of money
  17. draw (liquor) from a tap

    Type Of : take out, draw
    Examples :
    • tap beer in a bar
  18. furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it

    Type Of : render, furnish, provide, supply
    Examples :
    • tap a cask of wine
  19. pierce in order to draw a liquid from

    Type Of : pierce
    Examples :
    • tap a maple tree for its syrup
    • tap a keg of beer
  20. walk with a tapping sound

    Type Of : walk


  1. a specific practice of long standing

    Synonyms : custom
    Type Of : practice
  2. an inherited pattern of thought or action

    Type Of : content, mental object, cognitive content


  1. a label written or printed on paper, cardboard, or plastic that is attached to something to indicate its owner, nature, price, etc.

    Synonyms : ticket
    Type Of : label
  2. go after with the intent to catch

    Synonyms : chase, chase after, dog, give chase, go after, tail, track, trail
    Type Of : follow, pursue
  3. a small piece of cloth or paper

    Synonyms : rag, shred, tag end, tatter
    Type Of : piece of cloth, piece of material
  4. attach a tag or label to

    Synonyms : label, mark
    Type Of : attach
  5. a game in which one child chases the others; the one who is caught becomes the next chaser

    Type Of : child's game
  6. a label associated with something for the purpose of identification

    Type Of : label
    Examples :
    • semantic tags were attached in order to identify different meanings of the word
  7. provide with a name or nickname

    Type Of : call, know as, be known as, name
  8. (sports) the act of touching a player in a game (which changes their status in the game)

    Type Of : touching, touch
  9. supply (blank verse or prose) with rhymes

    Type Of : rhyme, rime
  10. touch a player while he is holding the ball

    Type Of : touch