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Caress Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    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"
Caress Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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.
Caress Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Caress'

Petting is the affectionate act of stroking, brushing or caressing an animal's fur, scratching its ears, rubbing its belly, etc., for mutual enjoyment. Grooming behavior in some animals is similar to petting, but generally the verb "pet" refers to a human petting a nonhuman animal or another human being.

By extension, between humans, petting also refers to affectionate stroking and caressing.

However, in a human context, "petting" often refers to amorous or sexual connotations - situations where a person touches the body of another person during kissing or lovemaking, especially parts which are typically covered by clothing (e.g., the buttocks). When the amorous play advances beyond these parameters, and leads to contact with the genitals, through clothing still, it is sometimes referred to as "heavy petting".

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Meaning of the Name 'Caress'

  • Meaning: Tender touch.
  • Origin: French
  • Gender: Female

'Caress' in famous quotation sentence

* Sometimes we want to get away from the busy and hectic city life to find solace in the raging waves of the ocean pounding on the rocks or the turbulent splashing of a bubbling waterfall. At other times we are amazed by the immovable silence of a mountain or the gentle caress of a river overjoyed tat its union with the sea. The topography of a region speaks to each one of us--a secret language that people from all facets of life understand and relate to. - Stuti Garg

* For this is Wisdom to love, to live To take what fate, or the Gods may give. To ask no question, to make no prayer, To kiss the lips and caress the hair, Speed passion's ebb as you greet its flow To have, - to hold - and - in time, - let go - Laurence Hope

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