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Noun: arousal  u'raw-zul
  1. The act of arousing
    "the purpose of art is the arousal of emotions";
    - rousing
  2. A state of heightened physiological activity
  3. Awakening from sleep
  4. Mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
    - foreplay, stimulation

Derived forms: arousals

Type of: change of state, physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state, sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice, wakefulness

Encyclopedia: Arousal