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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Greek, 19th century


Relating to the sense of touch, in particular relating to the perception and manipulation of objects.


Using the senses of touch and proprioception.

Examples of Haptic in a sentence

"My new phone replaced the physical click button with a haptic system."

"Touchscreen devices have trained people to be more responsive to haptic sensations."

About Haptic

“Haptic” is based on the Greek “haptikos,” meaning “able to touch or grasp.”

Did you Know?

In electronics, “haptic technology” is also called “kinesthetic communication” or “3D touch,” and its goal is to give users more feedback when a task is accomplished — for example, when a button on a glass screen is tapped, a haptic buzz gives an acknowledgment. For many, the first introduction to haptic technology was through gaming controls, which introduced haptic features to make players feel more deeply invested in the games. However, the technology also has lifesaving applications in aviation, where haptic signals delivered through controls can be used to warn pilots of potential dangers, and automotive design, where haptic alerts encourage drivers to monitor lane departure.

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