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a. The act of rubbing against or touching the body of an unsuspecting person, as in a crowd, to attain sexual gratification.
b. The act of consensual rubbing between two or more people, either clothed or unclothed, to attain sexual gratification.
a. A method of making a design by placing a piece of paper on top of an object and then rubbing over it, as with a pencil or charcoal.
b. A design so made.

[French, from frotter, to rub, from Old French froter.]


(ˈfrɒtɑːʒ; French frɔtaʒ)
1. (Art Terms) the act or process of taking a rubbing from a rough surface, such as wood, for a work of art
2. sexual excitement obtained by rubbing against another person's clothed body
[French, from frotter to rub]



1. a technique in the visual arts of obtaining textural effects or images by rubbing lead, chalk, charcoal, etc., over paper laid on a granular or relieflike surface.
2. sexual stimulation through rubbing the genitals against another person.
[1930–35; < French]


the act of rubbing against another person for sexual gratification. — frotteur, n.
See also: Sex
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.frottage - masturbation by rubbing against another person (as in a crowd)
masturbation, onanism - manual stimulation of the genital organs (of yourself or another) for sexual pleasure
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The works on display at four venues throughout the city delve beyond his celebrated "Decollages" and "Retro d'Affiches" (made with torn advertising posters, some vintage) and include photographic reproductions, "Artypos," frottages, sculptures, "Blanks," and "Sovrapitture" (Overpaintings).
Yo ya te confese mis Influencias evidentes pero mis deudas estan tambien en los pintores y rotulistas populares tanto como en los collages y frottages de Max Ernst o en los ensamblajes del gran vidente Duchamp.
The current exhibit presents 22 rare works by Styrsky that cover his entire range, including collages, drawings, frottages, photographs, and illustrated books.
38) The artist explained that series of frottages as the collapse of physical and psychological distinctions of nature into 'optical hallucinations'.
7) Stuart's works, on the surface, seem to retain the deeply rooted notion that exploration, discovery, and mapping are valued emblems of scientific progress; yet her poetic, metaphoric frottages, handmade books, and land works, reliant on the vagaries of unpredictable materials, undermine notions of control implicit in the modern scientific paradigm of Western culture.
Por otro lado, con la utilizacion de una regla perfectamente graduada (escalimetro) se procedio a medir con todo detalle las dimensiones de las espirales sobre los frottages realizados, valiendose para ello de un sistema de referencia cartesiano formado por dos ejes perpendiculares entre si (X,Y) que pasan por el origen del grabado (Figura 4).
La mas importante a la que alude en estas lineas seria el 'automatismo mecanico', que engloba todos los procedimientos dirigidos a la produccion de imagenes donde el azar desempena el papel mas importante y la decision del artista el mas pequeno: los frottages de Max Ertnst, las decalcomanies sans objet preconcu de Dominguez, los fumages de Paalen, las grattages de Esteban Frances, los collages de Onslow-Ford y del mismo Cesar Moro, etc .