from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Courtship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Courtship.
  • noun Sexual intercourse.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of lovemaking.

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

  • noun sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people


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  • But Saxon had no eyes for the love-making, the pleading forcefulness, the shy reluctance, of man and maid.


  • Never was there a more consummate love-making, with all the base intent of betrayal, than this cavalier seduction of Michael by the elderly, six-quart ship's steward.


  • No kanakas lay asleep in the sand, nor stole home from their love-making; and no canoes were abroad after the early fish most catchable then inside the reef at the change of the tide.


  • This was love-making of a sort beyond Dede's experience.

    Chapter XV

  • Because that man had blundered in his love-making was no reason that he, Sheldon, should take his life.

    Chapter 27

  • And as you spoke, I wondered about the woman Hester and the form of love-making which existed between you, and whether she was simple and without any charm despite her culture and her gift of song.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • Gina is holding a glass water-pitcher as she suddenly remembers details of their love-making in Switzerland, and she allows the jug to slip from her hands and shatter on the limestone floor of her sister's fancy, open-plan kitchen.

    The Ways and Woes of Illicit Love

  • How much of our love-making last night was dreamed and how much actually happened?


  • For that matter, three times the gendarmes arrested him for riotous behaviour, and three times his manager ceased from love-making long enough to pay the fines imposed by a needy colonial administration.


  • She was made glad in vague ways by the battle, for this was the love-making of the Wild, the sex-tragedy of the natural world that was tragedy only to those that died.

    Le Milieu, Le Moment, La Race: Literary Naturalism in Jack London's White Fang


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