from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of malaxating or moistening and softening; the act of forming ingredients into a mass for pills or plasters.
  • noun In entomology, with certain solitary wasps, the act of kneading or bruising with their jaws insects already stung, in order more thoroughly to paralyze them before Storing them away in their burrows as food for their future young.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare The act of softening by mixing with a thinner substance; the formation of ingredients into a mass for pills or plasters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of softening a mass by malaxating.
  • noun In entomology, kneading or softening, especially applied to the chewing and squeezing by which certain species of hunting wasps prepare prey captured as food for their larvae.
  • noun In agriculture, the process of slowly churning milled oil crops such as olives, allowing droplets of oil to aggregate for more effective separation.
  • noun In massage, a kneading technique, particularly used for softening muscle in spasm
  • noun In pharmacology, the kneading and squeezing of ingredients into a mass for making pills and plasters


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