Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The highest point of sexual excitement, characterized by strong feelings of pleasure and marked normally by ejaculation of semen by the male and by involuntary vaginal contractions in the female.
  • noun A similar point of intensity of emotional excitement.
  • intransitive verb To experience an orgasm.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Immoderate excitement or action.
  • noun In medicine, a state of excitement in an organ: applied chiefly to the acme of venereal excitement in sexual intercourse.

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

  • noun (Physiol.) Eager or immoderate excitement or action; the state of turgescence of any organ; erethism.
  • noun The peak of the physical pleasurable sexual excitement caused by stimulation of the sexual organs, as in intercourse; in the male, it is usually accompanied by ejaculation.
  • noun An eruption of intense, uncontrolled excitement; -- used of groups and individuals.

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  • verb To have an orgasm.

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

  • noun the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse

Etymologies

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

[French orgasme or New Latin orgasmus, both from Greek orgasmos, from orgān, to swell up, be excited.]

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From Late Latin orgasmus, from Ancient Greek ὀργασμός (orgasmós, "orgasm"), from ὀργάω (orgaō, "to swell with moisture").

Examples

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  • My friends say I can talk snails into orgasm.

    --Mark Helprin, 1991, A Soldier of the Great War, p. 214

    November 8, 2007

  • One of my all-time favorite books. :-)

    November 8, 2007

  • One of my all-time favorite comments.

    November 8, 2007

  • What exactly does an orgasmic snail look like?

    November 9, 2007

  • Well, there's a little trail of slime...

    November 9, 2007

  • Oh yuck. That's barfmaking.

    November 9, 2007

  • You had to ask, SoG. ;-)

    November 9, 2007