from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of softening a mass by malaxating.
  • n. 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.
  • n. In agriculture, the process of slowly churning milled oil crops such as olives, allowing droplets of oil to aggregate for more effective separation.
  • n. In massage, a kneading technique, particularly used for softening muscle in spasm
  • n. In pharmacology, the kneading and squeezing of ingredients into a mass for making pills and plasters

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of malaxating or moistening and softening; the act of forming ingredients into a mass for pills or plasters.
  • n. 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.


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