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Meaning of MASSAGE

Pronunciation:  mu'sâzh

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  kneading and rubbing parts of the body to increase circulation and promote relaxation
  2. [v]  give a massage to; "She massaged his sore back"
  3. [v]  usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes

MASSAGE is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: knead, rub down
 See Also: cardiac massage, care for, effleurage, heart massage, manipulate, modality, petrissage, rub, Swedish massage, tapotement, treat



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mas"sage\, n. [F.]
    A rubbing or kneading of the body, especially when performed
    as a hygienic or remedial measure.
  2. \Mas"sage\, v. t. (Med.)
    To treat by means of massage; to rub or knead; as, to massage
    a patient with ointment.
Computing Dictionary

Vague term used to describe "smooth" transformations of a data set into a different form, especially transformations that do not lose information. Connotes less pain than munch or crunch. "He wrote a program that massages x bitmap files into gif format." Compare slurp.

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Medical Dictionary
 Definition: mechanical form of therapy in which the soft tissues are made more pliable with different techniques, promoting increased blood flow and subsequent healing.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are getting a massage, suggests that you are lacking sensual or sexual stimulation in your waking life. You may also need to take better care of your body. It also represents nurturance and comfort. Alternatively, it suggests that you need to let go and stop being so defensive.
Thesaurus Terms
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