"caress" in the noun sense
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"
"caress" in the verb sense
1. caress, fondle
touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
"He caressed her face"
"They fondled in the back seat of the taxi"
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