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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Caress  \Ca*ress"\,  n.  [F.  caresse,  It  carezza  LL  caritia 
  dearness,  fr  L.  carus  dear.  See  {Charity}.] 
  An  act  of  endearment;  any  act  or  expression  of  affection;  an 
  embracing,  or  touching,  with  tenderness. 
 
  Wooed  her  with  his  soft  caresses.  --Langfellow. 
 
  He  exerted  himself  to  win  by  indulgence  and  caresses 
  the  hearts  of  all  who  were  under  his  command. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Caress  \Ca*ress"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Caressed};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Caressing}.]  [F.  caresser,  fr  It  carezzare  fr  carezza 
  caress.  See  {Caress}.,  n.] 
  To  treat  with  tokens  of  fondness,  affection,  or  kindness;  to 
  touch  or  speak  to  in  a  loving  or  endearing  manner;  to  fondle. 
 
  The  lady  caresses  the  rough  bloodhoun.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  Syn:  To  foundle;  embrace;  pet;  coddle;  court;  flatter. 
 
  Usage:  {Caress},  {Fondle}.  ``We  caress  by  words  or  actions; 
  we  fondle  by  actions  only.''  --Crabb. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  caress 
  n  :  a  gentle  affectionate  stroking  (or  something  resembling  it); 
  "he  showered  her  with  caresses";  "soft  music  was  a  fond 
  caress";  "the  caresses  of  the  breeze  played  over  his 
  face" 
  v  :  touch  or  stroke  lightly  in  a  loving  or  endearing  manner:  "He 
  caressed  her  face";  "They  caressed  in  the  back  seat  of 
  the  taxi" 




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