verb (used with object), mas·saged, mas·sag·ing.
- 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.
- massachusetts bay,
- massachusetts bay company,
- massachusetts institute of technology,
- massacre of the innocents,
- massage parlor,
- massage parlour,
- massapequa park,
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.
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|Brandon Presser|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
Ordinarily, a medical team might massage the heart an hour before giving up.
Among the others are massage schools, paralegal programs and auto repair academies.‘Degree Mills’ Are Exploiting Veterans and Making Millions Off the GI Bill|Aaron Glantz|June 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Do you remember the first hospital bed you ever made, the first bed-bath you gave, the first massage?Applied Psychology for Nurses|Mary F. Porter
The red robot pushed a button on the wall before beginning the massage.Manners of the Age|Horace Brown Fyfe
In the ankle, for example, massage should be commenced at once, the part being gently stroked upwards.
If the patient is unable to lie up, massage should be systematically employed, and a firm elastic bandage worn.
I have frequently seen these strangely cold parts rise, under an hour's massage, six to ten degrees F.Fat and Blood|S. Weir Mitchell
Word Origin 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.