Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the sense of touch; tactile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to the sense of touch; tactile.
  • adj. Of or relating to haptics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. relating to or based on the sense of touch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tactile; of or pertaining to haptics: as, a haptic sensation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or proceeding from the sense of touch

Etymologies

Greek haptikos, from haptesthai, to grasp, touch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἁπτικός (haptikos, "able to come in contact with"), from ἅπτω (haptō, "I touch"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Autumn has a light touch here: a burgundy fringe on the roadside, gold and blush in haptic patches on the tree crowns, like the burnish on a pear.

    Champagne : Ange Mlinko : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • Named the "haptic" - the technology provides tactile feedback to the users, and can thus help reduce both road injuries and repair bills

    dailyindia.com News Feed

  • The brainchild of Michael Graf at BMW and Michael Strolz's team at the Technical University of Munich, the "haptic" - technology that gives tactile feedback - doors could cut both road injuries and repair bills, they say.

    New Scientist - Online News

  • Basically, the RealTouch is "haptic" - it uses computer-delivered information to provide device-to-human touch stimulation.

    The Blowfish Blog

  • The attribute that most distinguishes Lexus 'navigation controller from other devices in other luxury models is its "haptic" - feedback technology, which provides a tactile response to the hand.

    Autoblog

  • Named the "haptic" - the technology provides tactile feedback to the users, and can thus help reduce both road injuries and repair bills Invented by Michael Graf at BMW and Michael Strolz's team at the Technical University of Munich, the current prototype looks like a normal car door.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • But the more sedate pace of this Scandinavian player has also ensured that it sized up the competition and added its own features: like full Web browsing including Flash content; a touch technology that is truly 'haptic' - that means the keys seem to kick back at your fingers - a GPS receiver and a 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics.

    Top Stories - Google News

  • These guys have designed what can only be called a haptic gaming vest.

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • Then there is a glove-like device, known as a haptic interface, that audience members could hypothetically wear to simulate the tactile sensation of virtual objects on the screen.

    NYT > Home Page

  • 'haptic' -- a technology which gives tactile feedback -- doors that could cut both road injuries and repair bills, the 'New Scientist' reported.

    The Financial Express

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • I'm reading an old textbook called Drawing by Daniel M. Mendelowitz. In the introduction, he says that Viktor Lowenfeld, "one of the most systematic students of the development of pictorial expression," theorized, basically, that there are two types of "artistic personality" in this world--namely visual and haptic. "Using Lowenfeld's theory as a basis for classification, it becomes immediately evident that while Degas was essentially visual in his orientation, Van Gogh had a strong haptic bias--he imparted his strong bodily empathy through his art." To illustrate this (if you'll pardon the pun), he then quotes a letter from Vincent to Theo: "'The problem is--and I find this extremely difficult--to bring out the depth of color and the enormous strength and firmness of the soil. . . . I am affected and intrigued to see how strongly the trunks are rooted in the ground. . . . Therefore I pressed roots and trunks out of the tube and modeled them a little with my brush. There, now they stand in it, grow out of it, and have firmly taken root.'"

    February 15, 2015

  • a new haptic game controller is in the news this week

    September 27, 2013

  • Interesting stuff. See haptics, too. :-)

    September 28, 2007

  • haptic feedback user interface -- "users can feel an immediate mild vibration when they touch icons on the display."
    http://www.engadget.com/2007/09/25/samsungs-armani-phone-has-a-surprise-a-haptic-feedback-ui/

    September 28, 2007