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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Excitation of one's own or another's genital organs, usually to orgasm, by manual contact or means other than sexual intercourse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Manual erotic stimulation of the genitals or other erotic regions, often to orgasm, either by oneself or a partner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of masturbating; sexual self-gratification; onanism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Self-defilement; onanism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. manual stimulation of the genital organs (of yourself or another) for sexual pleasure

Etymologies

From Middle French masturbation, from Latin verb masturbor, conjectured to have originated from a contraction of manus ("hand") and turbō ("disturb, throw into confusion"). (Wiktionary)

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