In human sexual behavior, the acts at the beginning of a sexual encounter that serve to build up sexual arousal, sometimes in preparation for sexual intercourse or another act meant to bring about orgasm.

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  • foreplay — (n.) in sexual sense, by 1911, from FORE (Cf. fore ) + PLAY (Cf. play) (n.). Earlier as a theatrical term (by 1857). In fact the poem which Mr. Brooks has translated is but the prologue to the swelling theme, the fore play to the actual drama of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • foreplay — [n] fondling action*, caress, cuddling, heavy petting, kissing, lovemaking, making out, necking, oral sex, petting, sex, sexual activity; concepts 375,388 …   New thesaurus

  • foreplay — ► NOUN ▪ sexual activity that precedes intercourse …   English terms dictionary

  • foreplay — [fôr′plā΄] n. mutual sexual stimulation preceding sexual intercourse …   English World dictionary

  • Foreplay — Not to be confused with Fourplay. For the song by Boston, see Foreplay/Long Time. Heavy petting redirects here. For the album by Bad Manners, see Heavy Petting. Martin van Maele s print Francion 15 depicts a couple engaging in foreplay outdoors… …   Wikipedia

  • foreplay — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)pleɪ[/t]] N UNCOUNT Foreplay is activity such as kissing and stroking when it takes place before sexual intercourse …   English dictionary

  • Foreplay/Long Time — Song infobox Name = Foreplay Artist = Boston Album = Boston Released = 1976 track no = 3A Recorded = 1975 Genre = Rock Hard rock Progressive rock Length = 2:25/7:47 (with Long Time) Writer = Tom Scholz Label = Epic Producer = John Boylan Tom… …   Wikipedia

  • foreplay — noun Date: 1929 1. erotic stimulation preceding sexual intercourse 2. action or behavior that precedes an event …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • foreplay — /fawr play , fohr /, n. sexual stimulation, usually as a prelude to sexual intercourse. [1925 30; FORE + PLAY] * * * …   Universalium

  • foreplay — Stimulative sexual activity preceding sexual intercourse. * * * fore·play .plā n erotic stimulation preceding sexual intercourse * * * fore·play (forґpla) the sexually stimulating, usually pleasurable activity preceding intercourse …   Medical dictionary

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