From Middle English touchynge, equivalent to touch + -ing.
touching (comparative more touching, superlative most touching)
- Provoking sadness and pity; that can cause sadness or heartbreak among witnesses to a sad event or situation.
- a touching story
provoking sadness and pity
- Regarding; concerning.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, 1 Corinthians 8:1:
- Now as touching things offered vnto idoles, wee know that wee all haue knowledge.
- 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, chapter 28, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, →OCLC, page 134:
- Every time I ascended to the deck from my watches below, I instantly gazed aft to mark if any strange face were visible ; for my first vague disquietude touching the unknown captain, now in the seclusion of the sea, became almost a perturbation.
- about, apropos, as for; See also Thesaurus:about
From Middle English touching, touchinge, touchynge, equivalent to touch + -ing.
touching (plural touchings)
- The act by which something is touched.
- 2011, Lance J. Rips, Lines of Thought: Central Concepts in Cognitive Psychology, page 168:
- But we can also take a more analytical attitude to these displays, interpreting the movements as no more than approachings, touchings, and departings with no implication that one shape caused the other to move.
- (India, in the plural) A snack served with alcoholic drinks in an informal environment.
The act by which something is touched