"caressing" in the noun sense
1. caressing, cuddling, fondling, hugging, kissing, necking, petting, smooching, snuggling
affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)
"caressing" 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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