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Hi, greeting to everyone.

This cotton is very smooth to the touch.

what does the boldfaced mean in this context?

"to" means "according to", right?

Thanks no end.
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Hi,

The meaning is that when you touch it, it feels smooth.

Clive
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Anonymousis "by the touch" = "to the touch"?
No.

We know that fruit is rotten by smell or by touch. (We know by smelling it or by touching it.)

Down feathers are soft to the touch. (Their nature is softness.)
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sorry, I forgot to ask just now.

This cotton is smooth by the touch.

is "by the touch" = "to the touch"?
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AlpheccaStarsDown feathers are soft to the touch. (Their nature is softness.)
I still do not understand its true sense.

Does your "to" connote the same sense of the "to" below?

1. She is so rude to me.
AnonymousDoes your "to" connote the same sense of the "to" below?
1. She is so rude to me.
No. To me means directed at me.

To has many different meanings, and is used in many different ways.
Here it describes the sensation that you get through your sense of touch - it feels soft when you touch it.