- the act or art of treating the body by rubbing, kneading, patting, or the like, to stimulate circulation, increase suppleness, relieve tension, etc.
- Slang. attentive or indulgent treatment; pampering: ego massage.
- to treat by massage.
- Slang. to treat with special care and attention; coddle or pamper: The store massages its regular customers with gifts and private sales.
- to manipulate, maneuver, or handle skillfully: to massage a bill through the Senate.
- to manipulate, organize, or rearrange (data, figures, or the like) to produce a specific result, especially a favorable one: The auditors discovered that the company had massaged the books.
Origin of massage
Examples from the Web for massage
Women are not taught to get a massage or do anything for ourselves because it makes us feel extraordinarily guilty.Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy
November 3, 2014
Massage techniques are also a far cry from the Thai or Swedish variety found in most vacation destinations.How the French Do Detox: Inside France’s Most Star-Studded Wellness Retreat
October 8, 2014
I thought I could feel something, but it was hard to tell if it was residual tingling from the massage or magic on the path.The Crazy Medieval Island of Sark
October 4, 2014
Ordinarily, a medical team might massage the heart an hour before giving up.The Day the Fairytale Died
July 12, 2014
Among the others are massage schools, paralegal programs and auto repair academies.‘Degree Mills’ Are Exploiting Veterans and Making Millions Off the GI Bill
June 28, 2014
For the present he can but prescribe a purgative and a massage of the arm and spine.The Book of Khalid
It is often the case that some gland is weak and can be strengthened by this massage.
Don't forget the daily massage; it will work wonders in your appearance.Evening Round Up
William Crosbie Hunter
Having once come to massage her, she wished to see him again, retained him.The Nabob
Automatically she gives him his bath, his massage, his run in the park.Once a Week
Alan Alexander Milne
- the act of kneading, rubbing, etc, parts of the body to promote circulation, suppleness, or relaxation
- to give a massage to
- to treat (stiffness, aches, etc) by a massage
- to manipulate (statistics, data, etc) so that they appear to support a particular interpretation or to be better than they are; doctor
- massage someone's ego to boost someone's sense of self-esteem by flattery
Word Origin and History for massage
1874, from French massage "friction of kneading," from masser "to massage," possibly from Arabic massa "to touch, feel, handle;" if so, probably picked up in Egypt during the Napoleonic campaign there. Other possibility is that French got it in colonial India from Portuguese amassar "knead," a verb from Latin massa "mass, dough" (see mass (n.1)). Massage parlor first attested 1894, from the start a euphemism for "house of prostitution."
1874, from massage (n.). Related: Massaged; massaging.
- The rubbing or kneading of parts of the body especially to aid circulation, relax the muscles, or provide sensual stimulation.
- An act or instance of such rubbing or kneading.
- To give a massage to.
- To treat by means of a massage.