Definitions for: 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

Syn: To foundle; embrace; pet; coddle; court; flatter.

Usage: Caress, Fondle. ``We caress by words or actions;
we fondle by actions only.'' --Crabb.

See Also: chuck, dandle, fondle, grope, nose, nuzzle, pat, paw, pet, stroke, stroke, stroking, tickle, touch

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