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  • v. Present participle of caress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. showing love.
  • n. the act of embracing; holding in one's arms .
  • n. foreplay without contact with the genital organs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Treating with endearment; fondling; affectionate; fond: as, a caressing manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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  • 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.

    Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocalist Competition 2010 at Kennedy Center

  • Fred Willard lying face down on the floor with his chin caressing the carpet is an image I won’t soon forget.

    Terrific cast and sharp screenplay set “Youth in Revolt” apart » Scene-Stealers

  • Ryne wasn't a toucher, no one in her family had been, and the idea of caressing him made her feel self-conscious.

    In the Midnight Hour

  • 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.

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris

  • 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."

    David Petrie: Why Fathers Should Show More Affection Toward Their Kids

  • 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.

    David Petrie: Why Fathers Should Show More Affection Toward Their Kids

  • 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.

    The Holy Thief

  • 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 Upton Letters

  • 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.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century

  • 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.

    The Eustace Diamonds


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