Definitions

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

  • n. Sexual activity, especially sexual intercourse.
  • n. Courtship; wooing.

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  • n. sexual intercourse
  • n. courtship; amorous advances

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Examples

  • “The same hormone that we release in lovemaking is also released in childbirth and in breastfeeding — oxytocin,” said doula Gail Tully.

    Orgasmic Birth « Happy Healthy Hip Parenting

  • A child being educated in Catholic schools learns that only gay men and women who abstain from sex are worthy of the sacraments, but that sinful heterosexual lovemaking is transformed by a sacrament (marriage) powerful enough to render the sexual aspect of love a radiant reflection of Christ's love, from which radiance the Vatican insists gay Catholics should be excluded.

    Michele Somerville: Homophobia in the Church: What Catholics Are Doing About It, and What Still Needs to Be Done

  • They writhed their dry skins upon each other, as snakes like doing in lovemaking, with the added novelty of caressing soft, smooth, moist human skin.

    Everyone Was In Love

  • "True Blood" fits the bill partly in a jokey way, offering the story of backwoods-Louisiana waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and her vampire boyfriend Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) as if their lovemaking were a socially transgressive act.

    Vampires for Snobs

  • Stone tries to be weepy and real, but she gets slimed by the movie's take on lovemaking, which is that all good sex begins with a breaking and entering.

    Someone To Watch Over You

  • And here when my wife called our lovemaking “the Asian Experience”, I thought she was referring to my small penis.

    STEVEN SEAGAL’S “ASIAN EXPERIENCE” – UPDATE

  • Our precious bodies fit together so well that Jesus called lovemaking becoming one flesh -- as indeed it does in many different ways during loving sexual relationships when two otherwise barren persons join to create the miracle of new life.

    A FEAR OF WOMEN

  • We all know that sex is defined as lovemaking between one man and one woman, so how could he have had sex with another man?

    Think Progress » Ted Haggard on homosexuality:

  • I can quote the magazine article we discussed and I can tell you what she had for dinner at Champs ... but all that's left of our lovemaking is a faded mental snapshot: a dimly lit room, a damp breeze turning spindles of cloth in an open window, her green eyes close to mine.

    Spin

  • “I am not referring to your lovemaking, and you know it!”

    Sweet Defiance

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