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arousal

 
Noun arousal has 4 senses
  1. arousal, rousing - the act of arousing; "the purpose of art is the arousal of emotions"
    --1 is a kind of change of state
    --1 has particulars:
     awakening, wakening, waking up; excitation, excitement; incitation, incitement; inflammation, inflaming; inspiration, stirring; stimulation; titillation
    Derived form: verb arouse1
  2. arousal - a state of heightened physiological activity
    --2 is a kind of
    physiological state, physiological condition
    --2 has particulars:
     alertness, alerting; emotional arousal; excitation, innervation, irritation; sexual arousal; desire
  3. arousal - awakening from sleep
    --3 is a kind of
    wakefulness
    Derived forms: verb arouse2, verb arouse5
  4. foreplay, arousal, stimulation - mutual sexual stimulation prior to sexual intercourse
    --4 is a kind of sexual activity, sexual practice, sex, sex activity
    --4 has particulars:
     caressing, cuddling, fondling, hugging, kissing, necking, petting, smooching, snuggling; feel
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