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caressing (foreplay)


affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)


act noun (acts and actions)



Original source:

Princeton WordNet



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Haptic communication

a form of nonverbal communication and the way by which people and other animals communicate via touching. Touch, or the haptic sense, is extremely important for humans; as well as providing information about surfaces and textures it's a component of ... (40 of 4111 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Haptic communication

American Heritage Dictionary:

caress | caressed [past tense] | caressing [present participle] | caresses [3rd-person singular present] | caresser [noun, related] | caressingly [adverb, related] | caressive [adjective, related]

A gentle touch or gesture of fondness, tenderness, or love. | To touch or stroke in an affectionate or loving manner. | To touch or move as if with a ... (28 of 72 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

caress [transitive] | caressed [past tense] | caressing [present participle] | caresses [3rd-person singular present]

to move your hands gently over someone's face or body in a way that shows you love them | [literary] to touch someone or something gently in a ... (27 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)



caress | caresses [plural] | caressed [past tense] | caressing [present participle] | hold [synonym, sense-specific] | soothe [synonym, sense-specific] | stroke [synonym, sense-specific] | kiss [synonym, sense-specific] | poke [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

An act of endearment; any act or expression of affection; an embracing, or touching, with tenderness. | A gentle stroking or rubbing. | [transitive] To touch or kiss lovingly; to fondle. | [transitive] To affect as if with a caress. (37 of 46 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)



cuddle [entry 1, verb] | cuddled [past tense] | cuddling [present participle] | nestle [synonym, sense-specific] | snuggle [synonym, sense-specific] | nuzzle [synonym, sense-specific] | snoozle [dialect, synonym, sense-specific] | curl up [similar, sense-specific] | crouch [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to hold close for warmth or comfort or in affection | to lie close or snug; "nestle", "snuggle" (17 of 86 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)


New World Dictionary:

cuddle | cuddled [past tense] | cuddling [present participle]

to hold lovingly and gently in one's arms; embrace and fondle | to lie close and snug; nestle | a cuddling | an embrace; hug (22 of 59 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

cuddle | cuddled [past tense] | cuddling [present participle]

to hold close in an affectionate manner; hug tenderly; fondle. | to lie close and snug; nestle. | to curl up in going to sleep. | act of cuddling; ... (26 of 41 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)


Collins Dictionary:

hugging | hug | -hugging | embrace [synonym, sense-specific] | cherish [synonym, sense-specific] | huggable [adjective, derived]

[of] "hug" | [intransitive] to clasp (another person or thing) tightly or (of two people) to cling close together; embrace | to keep close to a shore, ... (25 of 575 words, 7 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:

hug | hugged [past tense] | hugging [present participle] | hugs [3rd-person singular present] | hug oneself | huggable [derived] | hugger [derived]

squeeze (someone) tightly in one's arms, typically to express affection | hold (something) tightly around or against part of one's body | fit tightly ... (22 of 176 words, 8 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

activation [psychology] | arousal [synonym]

in psychology, the stimulation of the cerebral cortex into a state of general wakefulness, or attention. Activation proceeds from various portions of ... (22 of 92 words)


Cambridge Dictionary:


the sexual activity such as kissing and touching that people do before they have sex (15 of 20 words, pronunciations)


Encarta Dictionary:

caressing | caressingly [adverb, derived]

gentle and soothing (3 of 14 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861594969​/definition​.html  [offline]

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Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "caressing"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "caressing"


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