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

  • In medicine, to treat by the process called massage.
  • 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.

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)



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