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Ancient GreekEdit


Unclear. There are a number of competing theories as to the origin of this word. Has been connected to Avestan 𐬁𐬟𐬆𐬥𐬙𐬈(āfənte), 𐬀𐬞𐬀𐬫𐬈𐬌𐬙𐬌(apayeiti), Latin apō, apex, Sanskrit आप्त (āpta), and Albanian shemb. Has also been connected with ἰάπτω (iáptō, I send, drive forth), ἁφή (haphḗ, grip) and Old Armenian ափ (apʿ, palm).

The present tense system includes a T progressive aspect marker.




ᾰ̔́πτω (háptō)

  1. to kindle, set on fire, fasten fire to
  2. to fasten to, bind fast
  3. to join to
  4. (middle) to fasten myself to, cling to, hang on by, lay hold of, grasp, touch
  5. (middle) to reach the mark
  6. (middle) to engage in, take part in
  7. (middle) to set upon, attack, assail
  8. (middle) to touch, affect
  9. (middle) to grasp with the senses, apprehend, perceive
  10. (middle) to come up to, reach, gain


Derived termsEdit


  • English: haptic, haptics
  • Spanish: háptica

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