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touch

Definitions

  • Touching the match to victory
    Touching the match to victory
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v touch have an effect upon "Will the new rules affect me?"
    • v touch color lightly "her greying hair was tinged blond","the leaves were tinged red in November"
    • v touch comprehend "He could not touch the meaning of the poem"
    • v touch make a more or less disguised reference to "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"
    • v touch consume "She didn't touch her food all night"
    • v touch be in direct physical contact with; make contact "The two buildings touch","Their hands touched","The wire must not contact the metal cover","The surfaces contact at this point"
    • v touch make physical contact with, come in contact with "Touch the stone for good luck","She never touched her husband"
    • v touch cause to be in brief contact with "He touched his toes to the horse's flanks"
    • v touch tamper with "Don't touch my CDs!"
    • v touch affect emotionally "A stirring movie","I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy"
    • v touch perceive via the tactile sense "Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her"
    • v touch deal with; usually used with a form of negation "I wouldn't touch her with a ten-foot pole","The local Mafia won't touch gambling"
    • v touch be equal to in quality or ability "Nothing can rival cotton for durability","Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues","Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"
    • v touch be relevant to "There were lots of questions referring to her talk","My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
    • v touch to extend as far as "The sunlight reached the wall","Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall"
    • n touch the act of putting two things together with no space between them "at his touch the room filled with lights"
    • n touch a distinguishing style "this room needs a woman's touch"
    • n touch the feel of mechanical action "this piano has a wonderful touch"
    • n touch deftness in handling matters "he has a master's touch"
    • n touch the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands) "only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us"
    • n touch the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin "she likes the touch of silk on her skin","the surface had a greasy feeling"
    • n touch a suggestion of some quality "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone","he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
    • n touch the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan) "he watched the beggar trying to make a touch"
    • n touch a communicative interaction "the pilot made contact with the base","he got in touch with his colleagues"
    • n touch the event of something coming in contact with the body "he longed for the touch of her hand","the cooling touch of the night air"
    • n touch a slight but appreciable amount "this dish could use a touch of garlic"
    • n touch a slight attack of illness "he has a touch of rheumatism"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

CURED BY TOUCHING HIS GARMENT CURED BY TOUCHING HIS GARMENT
A kitten touches its front paws to the paws of a stone lion A kitten touches its front paws to the paws of a stone lion
"TOUCH HIM IF YOU DARE." "TOUCH HIM IF YOU DARE."
If a man touches pitch If a man touches pitch
Sense of touch Sense of touch

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Touching and stroking a plant will aid in it growing healthy
    • Touch A boys' game; tag.
    • Touch A hint; a suggestion; slight notice. "A small touch will put him in mind of them."
    • Touch (Change Ringing) A set of changes less than the total possible on seven bells, that is, less than 5,040.
    • Touch A single stroke on a drawing or a picture. "Never give the least touch with your pencil till you have well examined your design."
    • Touch A slight and brief essay. "Print my preface in such form as, in the booksellers' phrase, will make a sixpenny touch ."
    • Touch A small quantity intermixed; a little; a dash. "Eyes La touch of Sir Peter Lely in them.""Madam, I have a touch of your condition."
    • Touch A stroke; as, a touch of raillery; a satiric touch; hence, animadversion; censure; reproof. "I never bare any touch of conscience with greater regret."
    • Touch A touchstone; hence, stone of the sort used for touchstone. "Now do I play the touch .""A neat new monument of touch and alabaster."
    • Touch Act or power of exciting emotion. "Not alone
      The death of Fulvia, with more urgent touches,
      Do strongly speak to us."
    • Touch An act of borrowing or stealing.
    • Touch An emotion or affection. "A true, natural, and a sensible touch of mercy."
    • Touch Feature; lineament; trait. "Of many faces, eyes, and hearts,
      To have the touches dearest prized."
    • Touch Hence, examination or trial by some decisive standard; test; proof; tried quality. "Equity, the true touch of all laws.""Friends of noble touch ."
    • Touch Personal reference or application. "Speech of touch toward others should be sparingly used."
    • Touch Tallow; -- a plumber's term.
    • Touch (Football) That part of the field which is beyond the line of flags on either side.
    • Touch The act of the hand on a musical instrument; bence, in the plural, musical notes. "Soft stillness and the night
      Become the touches of sweet harmony."
    • Touch The act of touching, or the state of being touched; contact. "Their touch affrights me as a serpent's sting."
    • Touch (Shipbilding) The broadest part of a plank worked top and but (see Top and but, under Top n.), or of one worked anchor-stock fashion (that is, tapered from the middle to both ends); also, the angles of the stern timbers at the counters.
    • Touch (Mus) The particular or characteristic mode of action, or the resistance of the keys of an instrument to the fingers; as, a heavy touch, or a light touch ; also, the manner of touching, striking, or pressing the keys of a piano; as, a legato touch; a staccato touch .
    • Touch (Physiol) The sense by which pressure or traction exerted on the skin is recognized; the sense by which the properties of bodies are determined by contact; the tactile sense. See Tactile sense, under Tactile. "The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine."
    • Touch To affect the senses or the sensibility of; to move; to melt; to soften; especially, to cause feelings of pity, compassion, sympathy, or gratitude in. "What of sweet before
      Hath touched my sense, flat seems to this and harsh."
      "The tender sire was touched with what he said."
    • Touch To affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree; to make partially insane; -- rarely used except in the past participle. "She feared his head was a little touched ."
    • Touch (Naut) To be brought, as a sail, so close to the wind that its weather leech shakes.
    • Touch To be in contact; to be in a state of junction, so that no space is between; as, two spheres touch only at points.
    • Touch (Geom) To be tangent to. See Tangent a.
    • Touch To come in contact with; to hit or strike lightly against; to extend the hand, foot, or the like, so as to reach or rest on. "Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear Touched lightly."
    • Touch To come to; to reach; to attain to. "The god, vindictive, doomed them never more-
      Ah, men unblessed! -- to touch their natal shore."
    • Touch To compare with; to be equal to; -- usually with a negative; as, he held that for good cheer nothing could touch an open fire.
    • Touch To fasten; to take effect; to make impression. "Strong waters pierce metals, and will touch upon gold, that will not touch upon silver."
    • Touch To handle, speak of, or deal with; to treat of. "Storial thing that toucheth gentilesse."
    • Touch To harm, afflict, or distress. "Let us make a covenant with thee, that thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee."
    • Touch To induce to give or lend; to borrow from; as, to touch one for a loan; hence, to steal from.
    • Touch To infect; to affect slightly.
    • Touch To influence by impulse; to impel forcibly. "No decree of mine, . . . [to touch with lightest moment of impulse his free will,"
    • Touch To lay a hand upon for curing disease.
    • Touch To make an impression on; to have effect upon. "Its face . . . so hard that a file will not touch it."
    • Touch To mark or delineate with touches; to add a slight stroke to with the pencil or brush. "The lines, though touched but faintly, are drawn right."
    • Touch To meddle or interfere with; as, I have not touched the books.
    • Touch To perceive by the sense of feeling. "Nothing but body can be touched or touch ."
    • Touch To perform, as a tune; to play. "A person is the royal retinue touched a light and lively air on the flageolet."
    • Touch To relate to; to concern; to affect. "The quarrel toucheth none but us alone."
    • Touch To strike; to manipulate; to play on; as, to touch an instrument of music. "They touched their golden harps."
    • Touch To treat anything in discourse, especially in a slight or casual manner; -- often with on or upon. "If the antiquaries have touched upon it, they immediately
      quitted it."
    • Touch To try; to prove, as with a touchstone. "Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Roseanne's fear is anyone touching her toes.
    • touch To ask from; borrow or obtain from: as, to touch an acquaintance for a dollar.
    • n touch In medicine, palpation, especially examination of the cavities of the body by the finger.
    • n touch In sugar manufacturing, See string-proof.
    • n touch A theft; pocket-picking.
    • touch To perceive (an object) by means of physical contact with it; especially, to perceive (an object) by bringing the hand into contact with it; hence, to perceive (an object) by bringing something held in the hand (as a cane or a pointer), or otherwise connected with the body, into contact with it.
    • touch To be in contact with; specifically, in geometry, to be tangent to. See tangent.
    • touch To come in contact with: literally or figuratively.
    • touch To be near or contiguous to; impinge or border upon; hence, to come up to; approach; reach; attain to; hence, also, to compare with.
    • touch To bring into contact.
    • touch To bring the hand, finger, or the like into contact with; place the hand or finger to or upon; hit or strike gently or lightly; give a slight tap or pat to with the hand, the tip of the finger, something held in the hand, or in any way: as, to touch the hat or cap in salutation; to touch a sore spot; to touch a piece at chess; formerly, in a specific use, to lay the hand or finger upon for the purpose of curing of a disease, especially scrofula, or the disease called the king's evil (a former practice of the sovereigns of France and England).
    • touch To handle; meddle with; interfere with.
    • touch To lay hands on for the purpose of harming; hence, to hurt, injure, annoy, or distress.
    • touch To test by contact, as in trying gold with a touchstone; hence, to test; try; probe.
    • touch To touch upon; handle or treat lightly or cursorily; refer or allude to, as in passing.
    • touch To communicate; speak; tell; rehearse; relate; mention.
    • touch Of a musical instrument, to cause to sound; play: usually applied to instruments that are sounded by striking or twanging, but extended to others.
    • touch To perform on an instrument, as a piece of music.
    • touch To paint or form by touches or strokes as of a pen or brush; mark or delineate by light touches or strokes, as an artist.
    • touch To improve or finish, as a drawing, by adding a stroke here and there, as with a pen, pencil, or brush; retouch: usually with up.
    • touch To take, as food, drink, etc.; help one's self to; hence, to partake of; taste.
    • touch To infect or impair by contact; stain; blot; blemish; taint.
    • touch To impair mentally in some slight degree; affect slightly with craziness: used chiefly in the past participle.
    • touch To attack; hence, to animadvert upon; take to task; censure; reprove; ridicule.
    • touch To sting; nettle, as with some sharp speech.
    • touch To fall upon; strike; affect; impress.
    • touch To affect or move mentally or emotionally; fill with passion or tender feeling; affect or move, as with pity; hence, to melt; soften.
    • touch To make an impression on; have an effect on; act on.
    • touch To influence by impulse; impel forcibly.
    • touch To affect; concern; relate to.
    • touch To swindle; cheat; act dishonestly by: as, to touch one's mate.
    • touch To discharge, as a cannon.
    • touch To remind; jog the memory of.
    • touch To be in contact; be in a state of junction, so that no appreciable space is between: as, two spheres touch only in one point.
    • touch Specifically To lay the hand or finger upon a person for the purpose of curing a disease, especially scrofula, or king's evil.
    • touch To reach; extend.
    • touch To make a passing call, as a ship on a voyage: commonly with at, rarely with on.
    • touch To mention or treat something slightly in discourse; refer cursorily or in passing: commonly with on or upon.
    • touch To bow or salute by touching the hat or cap.
    • touch To rob.
    • touch To stand the test.
    • touch To have or take effect; act.
    • touch Nautical, of the sails of a square-rigged vessel, to be in such a position that their weather-leeches shake from the ship being steered so close to the wind.
    • touch Nautical, to graze the bottom with the keel for a moment, as a vessel under sail, without lessening of the speed.
    • n touch That sense by which mechanical pressure upon the surface of the body (the skin, with the lips, the interior of the mouth, etc.) is perceived; sensibility to pressure, weight, and muscular resistance; the sense of feeling; taction. With this is sometimes reckoned sensibility to temperature. The sense of touch is most acute in those parts of the body that are freely movable, especially in the tips of the fingers. It is the most fundamental and least specialized or localized of the senses. See tactile corpuscles, under corpuscle.
    • n touch Mental or moral feeling; moral perception or appreciation.
    • n touch Contact.
    • n touch Figuratively, a close relation of mutual confidence, sympathy, interest, or the like; sympathy; accord or harmony in relation to common interests: as, to be out of touch with the times; to keep in touch with the people.
    • n touch Pressure, or application of pressure; impaet; a slight stroke, tap, push, or the like: often used figuratively.
    • n touch A slight or brief sound.
    • n touch The impression conveyed to the mind by contact or pressure; effect on the sense of contact with something; feel: as, an object with a slimy touch.
    • n touch A jog; a hint; a reminder; a slight experience.
    • n touch A stroke or dash as with a pen, pencil, or brush, literally or figuratively: as, a touch of bright color; also, any slight added effort or action, such as that expended on some completed work in order to give it finish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When a person dies, hearing is generally the last sense to go. The first sense lost is usually sight. Then follows taste, smell, and touch.
    • v.t Touch tuch to come in contact with: to perceive by feeling: to reach: to relate to: to handle or treat gently or slightly, as in 'to touch the hat,' &c.: to take, taste: to move or soften: to influence: to move to pity: to taint:
    • v.i Touch to be in contact with: to make a passing call: to speak of anything slightly:
    • n Touch act of touching: a movement on a musical instrument, skill or nicety in such, a musical note or strain: any impression conveyed by contact, a hint, a slight sound: a stroke with a pen, brush, &c.: a tinge, smack, trace, a slight degree of a thing: sense of feeling, contact, close sympathy, harmony: peculiar or characteristic manner: a style of anything at a certain expenditure: a touchstone, test
    • prep Touch concerning: with regard to
    • v.t Touch tuch (slang) to cheat: to lay the hand upon for the purpose of curing scrofula or king's evil—a practice that ceased only with the accession of the House of Brunswick
    • v.i Touch (prov.) to salute by touching the cap
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Quotations

  • Princess of Wales Diana
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    “Yes, I do touch. I believe that everyone needs that”
  • Yoshida Kenko
    Yoshida Kenko
    “The truth is at the beginning of anything and its end are alike touching.”
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt%20Whitman
    “Camerado! This is no book; who touches this touches a man.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “We do not do well except when we know where the best is and when we are assured that we have touched it and hold its power within us.”
  • Helen Keller
    Helen%20Keller
    “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”

Idioms

Golden touch - Someone with a golden touch can make money from or be successful at anything they do.
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Keep in touch - If you keep in touch with someone, you keep communicating with them even though you may live far apart.
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Kicked to touch - Touch is a zone of the playing field in Rugby. Kicked to touch means the ball was put safely out of play. Idiomatic usage usually means a person has deftly avoided an issue in argument.
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Midas touch - If someone has the Midas touch, they make a lot of money out of any scheme they try.
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Touch and go - If something is touch and go, the result is uncertain and could be good or bad.
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Touch base - If you touch base with someone, you contact them.
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Touch wood - This idiom is used to wish for good luck. ('Knock on wood' is also used.)
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Touch-and-go - If something is touch-and-go, it is very uncertain; if someone is ill and may well die, then it is touch-and-go.
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Wouldn't touch it with a bargepole - (UK) If you wouldn't touch something with a bargepole, you would not consider being involved under any circumstances. (In American English, people say they wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole)
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Wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole - (USA) If you wouldn't touch something with a ten-foot pole, you would not consider being involved under any circumstances. (In British English, people say they wouldn't touch it with a bargepole)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. toucher, OF. touchier, tuchier,; of Teutonic origin; cf. OHG. zucchen, zukken, to twitch, pluck, draw, G. zukken, zukken, v. intens. fr. OHG. ziohan, to draw, G. ziehen, akin to E. tug,. See Tuck (v. t.) Tug, and cf. Tocsin Toccata

Usage

In literature:

There is always the added touch, the extra touch of power, of love, of answer to prayer.
"Quiet Talks on Following the Christ" by S. D. Gordon
It did not touch her, but the act called forth all the resentment and fierce indignation of the young fellow who looked on.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
Maizie put out a small hand and touched her sister.
"Suzanna Stirs the Fire" by Emily Calvin Blake
Also, personally, he had been the soul of ignorance and religion, and of a narrowness touching Scriptural things that oft got him into trouble.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
It touched and banged violently to earth.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
It covered his ears and touched his shoulders.
"Lore of Proserpine" by Maurice Hewlett
Greatly daring, he stretched out a hand and touched the arm of the boy sleeping next him.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Her touch on his arm was as the touch of a butterfly when she at last put out her hand to him.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Her hair smothered my face as her lips almost touched my ear.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
Delicately, almost reverently, he bent down and touched her cheek with his lips.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
Jude's hilltop was touched by the sun, but in the meadow the purpling shadows were gathering slowly.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
You have not touched the piano to-day, and to-morrow your teacher comes.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
Lid closed at touch of lashes from sixth day on (26).
"The Mind of the Child, Part II" by W. Preyer
The accidents of earth touch him not.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
I notice it, too, sometimes, that touch of the blessed South.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
She went to him and touched him impulsively.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
At every touch the speed increased, and the laughter grew louder as the apple went faster.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
She looked at Laura with Prothero's eyes, she touched her almost with Prothero's touch.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
The situation of a ship or other vessel whose bottom touches or rests upon the ground.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Tell the Mayor not to touch him.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
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In poetry:

I could not touch you.
I wanted very much to
touch you
but could not.
"A Form Of Women" by Robert Creeley
God touched me for an hour.
And I saw clearly,
I fled because I loved—
Loved both so dearly.
"The Brothers" by Ethel Clifford
The one was touched with earthly hues,
And dim with earthly care,
The other, as a lily's cup,
Unutterably fair.
"The Child's Appeal" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
I think, that if I touched the earth,
It would crumble;
It is so sad and beautiful,
So tremulously like a dream.
"Clown In The Moon" by Dylan Thomas
Fool I was--oh, fool was I
(Who should know the ways of them!)
That I touched his cloak's green hem,
Passing by.
"The Little Man In Green" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
How wonderful, that
Her heart
Should show me kindness;
And of all the numberless folk,
Grief should not touch me.
"How wonderful" by Saigyo

In news:

Tenney was our guest for most of the show, also touching on cyber bullying, CPR in school and the minimum wage.
IPads, iPod Touches, and iPhones as Assistive Technology in Education.
Monroe touched the ball for the first time as a Texas Longhorn and went 89 yards for a touchdown.
Australia's dollar touched a two- month high as a government report showed retail sales rose in May, adding to signs of resilience in the nation's economy.
A touch of Shakespeare in Anikai debut.
Pilgrims touch, bathe, drink for Mary's intervention at Lourdes.
The Summer Infant company is recalling two million Mother's Touch and Deluxe Baby Bathers .
The recall is for Summer Infant "Mother's Touch Deluxe Baby Bathers ".
"It's vital how important touch is to the healing process," Lutz said.
Beader 's Touch, OBAC Team to Show Designs.
Workers are putting the finishing touches on the memorial in Wentworth Park.
"Like nobody could touch me.".
The prayer that Milwaukee's former Archbishop gave to close out the DNC touched on policy stances that not every Democrat or Republican might agree with.
Apple argued in September in the Hague court that Samsung infringed its patent on multi-touch function, which lets users use two fingers at one time on a touch screen.
In a touching tribute to their former music teacher, students touched by Mary Jane Hughes played "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" at her funeral mass Monday, Dec 2.
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In science:

The modules have contact sensors to know if they are touching the ob ject.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
Both return tra jectories touch the upper half of the ma jor loop when the field has been reversed by an amount 2J as expected from the theoretical analysis.
Exact Expressions for Minor Hysteresis Loops in the Random Field Ising Model on a Bethe Lattice at Zero Temperature
Every walk from η to any w(λ) which does touch at least one wall has some first step j at which it touches a wall.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
As another example, q1 counts rooted trees whose root touches at least one standard leaf.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
Consider the trees whose root touches exactly k ≥ 1 standard leaves, and l ≥ 0 other vertices.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
For every rational value of G2 o, there is a (c, d) cell touching the horizontal axis at y = 0.
Duality Cascade and Oblique Phases in Non-Commutative Open String Theory
When an SPH particle touches the boundary, it is removed from the simulation and its mass and momentum are added to the black hole.
The swallowing of a quark star by a black hole
For y > y∗, when the largest clusters touch the boundaries, the scaling function has a characteristic variation.
Percolation in random environment
Tk is the average number of triangles touching a vertex with degree k .
Perturbing General Uncorrelated Networks
Finally we will briefly touch the case of constrained controls.
Order Reduction of Optimal Control Systems
Now, suppose that u > a−1 3, and that there is an (A, H )-seed centered at (−u ln n)e1 (i.e., touching the origin, cf.
On multidimensional branching random walks in random environment
The ′ depends on i but we will not represent this notationally i does not touch the first coordinate.
Integration in valued fields
Moreover, observe that M R ∈ M for all M ∈ M since the part of the environment ψ(ω, HT1 ) which is to the right of XT1 has by time T1 not been touched by the walk yet and is therefore still i.i.d..
Recurrence and transience of excited random walks on $\Z^d$ and strips
We barely touched on the problem of the dual string description from the first principles.
Gauge Theories as String Theories: the First Results
If one of them touches a particle of the cluster, it simply vanishes, and its last position is recorded.
Distance traveled by random walkers before absorption in a random medium
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