from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The rubbing or kneading of parts of the body especially to aid circulation, relax the muscles, or provide sensual stimulation.
- n. An act or instance of such rubbing or kneading.
- transitive v. To give a massage to.
- transitive v. To treat by means of a massage.
- transitive v. To coddle or cajole.
- transitive v. To manipulate (data, for example): Pollsters massaged the numbers to favor their candidate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The action of rubbing, kneading or hitting someone's body, to help the person relax, prepare for muscular action (as in contact sports) or to relieve aches.
- v. To rub and knead (someone's body or a part of a body), to perform a massage on (somebody).
- v. To manipulate (data, a document etc.) to make it more presentable or more convenient to work with.
- v. To falsify (data or accounts).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rubbing or kneading of the body, especially when performed as a hygienic or remedial measure.
- transitive v. To treat by means of massage; to rub or knead.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete form of message.
- n. In therapeutics, the act or art of applying intermittent pressure and strain to the muscles and other accessible tissues of the patient.
- In medicine, to treat by the process called massage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes
- n. kneading and rubbing parts of the body to increase circulation and promote relaxation
- v. give a massage to
French, from masser, to massage, from Arabic masaḥa, to stroke, anoint; see mšḥ in Semitic roots or massa, to touch; see mšš in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French massage, from masser ("to massage") + -age. (Wiktionary)