What does the word caress mean?

Usage examples for caress

  1. Niaz smoothed her wavy fair hair gently with his hand, and his eyes sparkled with conscious pleasure as he returned her caress and kissed her forehead. – The Beckoning Hand and Other Stories The Beckoning Hand--Lucretia--The Third Time--The Gold Wulfric--My Uncle's Will--The Two Carnegies--Olga Davidoff's Husband--John Cann's Treasure--Isaline and I--Professor Milliter's Dilemma--In Strict Confidence--The by Grant Allen
  2. It is the very first caress she has ever received from one of Geoffrey's friends or relations. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
  3. The one caress he permitted himself was to lay his arm lightly on her shoulder when they sat side by side. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann