Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Treating with endearment; fondling; affectionate; fond: as, a caressing manner.
- v. present participle of caress.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. showing love.
- n. the act of embracing; holding in one's arms .
- n. foreplay without contact with the genital organs.
- n. affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)
“Twenty-six-year-old Cyrille Aimée, with a voice like fine whiskey -- oaky and smooth, with a hint of smokiness -- offered a languid "Ce soir," caressing the French words, and an aggressive "Summertime," both trailing long strands of vocal roulades.”
“Fred Willard lying face down on the floor with his chin caressing the carpet is an image I won’t soon forget.”
“Ryne wasn't a toucher, no one in her family had been, and the idea of caressing him made her feel self-conscious.”
“This was the man whose report had brought about the condemnation of his book; and it was with resentment that he recalled his caressing air and charming greeting, instinct with such lying promise.”
“Instead of "caressing" testers might have needed categories like "stoic" or "completely neutral" or maybe even "kept interrupting the baby's tests to talk about himself and/or sports.”
“Once she grouped these adults by the level of affection shown by the mother at that eight-month assessment, she found that the children whose mothers were ranked as "caressing" and "extravagant" had significantly lower levels of distress as adults.”
“Cadfael shepherded his charge within, and watched him subside gratefully on to the narrow cot, and sit there mute for a moment, laying his burden down beside him with a kind of caressing gentleness.”
“I shall never forget the delight of occasional visits to his house; he was extraordinarily kind and really sympathetic, and he had with young people a kind of caressing deference in his manner that used to give one an agreeable sense of dignity.”
“The hero is a Polish prince, with everything that a stage Polish prince requires about him -- handsome, superficially amiable, what the precise call "caressing" and the vulgar "carneying" in manner, but extravagant, quite non-moral, and not possessed of much common sense.”
“I am not in the least afraid that she'll bite me; and as for caressing the animal, — that kind of caressing which you mean, — it seems to me to be just what she's made for.”
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