from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Perceptible to the sense of touch; tangible.
- adj. Characterized by or conveying an illusion of tangibility: "Heaney must thus continue to be a poet rich in tactile language” ( Helen Vendler).
- adj. Used for feeling: a tactile organ.
- adj. Of, relating to, or proceeding from the sense of touch; tactual: a tactile reflex.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Tangible; perceptible to the sense of touch.
- adj. Used for feeling.
- adj. Of, or relating to the sense of touch.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the organs, or the sense, of touch; perceiving, or perceptible, by the touch; capable of being touched
- adj. sense (Physiol.), the sense of touch, or pressure sense. See Touch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In art criticism, noting the quality of solidity in nature, which is perfectly apprehended only by the sense of touch, and which is better represented by certain painters than by others. ‘Tactile’ in this sense is a translation of the German taktisch, used by Riegl in 1893.
- Of or pertaining to the sense of touch.
- Adapted or used for feeling or touching; tactual: as, the whiskers of the cat are tactile organs; a mouse's ear or a bat's wing is a highly tactile surface.
- Effected by or consisting in the action of touching; produced or caused by physical contact.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. producing a sensation of touch
- adj. of or relating to or proceeding from the sense of touch
From Latin tāctilis, from tāctus, past participle of tangere, to touch; see tact.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French tactile, from Latin tactilis ("that may be touched, tangible"), from tangere ("to touch"). (Wiktionary)