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  • n. The study of the sense of touch.
  • n. The study of user interfaces that use the sense of touch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In psychology and physiology, the science of touch: as optics is the science of sight and acoustics the science of hearing.

Etymologies

From haptic (Wiktionary)

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  • Might increase the chance of eyedropping with Worcestershire sauce.

    February 15, 2015

  • I always adore reesetee's comments about optics. I'll just add a funny* connection about how my 97-year-old neighbor just had cataract surgery and needs to put in eyedrops twice a day. It's hard for her to tell whether the medicine has actually gotten into her eye. A nurse suggested that she could keep the bottles in the fridge--then when she's putting the drops in, they'll feel cold and she can judge where they've landed.

    *iroquoisy and/or fruit batty

    February 15, 2015

  • "Haptic technology is basically the application of force feedback to create a sense of touch with digital experiences. Touchscreen phones that click when pressing keys or buttons are introducing this technology to the mainstream." --Eric Picard, ClickZ

    January 23, 2009

  • A science concerned with the sense of touch.

    In ophthalmology, "haptics" refer to the two supporting springs that hold an artificial lens within the lens capsule (after surgical removal of cataracts). The word also refers to technology that "interfaces" with a user via the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations and/or motions to the user to create virtual objects.

    June 7, 2007