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 (mə-säzh′, -säj′)
a. The therapeutic manipulation of body tissues by a trained practitioner, as by systematic stroking, kneading, or application of pressure, to effect a beneficial physiological response such as pain reduction or improved circulation.
b. An act or instance of the therapeutic manipulation of body tissues. Also called therapeutic massage.
a. The rubbing or kneading of parts of the body to relax the muscles, aid circulation, or provide sensual pleasure.
b. An act or instance of such rubbing or kneading.
a. The manipulation of the genitals or other body tissues for sexual arousal; erotic massage.
b. An act or instance of erotic massage.
c. Illicit sexual services provided under the guise of therapeutic massage.
tr.v. mas·saged, mas·sag·ing, mas·sag·es
1. To give a massage to.
2. To treat by means of a massage.
3. To coddle or cajole.
4. To manipulate (data, for example): Pollsters massaged the numbers to favor their candidate.

[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.]

mas·sag′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.massager - someone who rubs or kneads parts of the body to stimulate circulation and promote relaxationmassager - someone who rubs or kneads parts of the body to stimulate circulation and promote relaxation
masseur - a male massager
masseuse - a female massager
physical therapist, physiotherapist - therapist who treats injury or dysfunction with exercises and other physical treatments of the disorder
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