What does massage mean?

Definitions for massage
məˈsɑʒ, -ˈsɑdʒ; esp. Brit. ˈmæs ɑʒmas·sage

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word massage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. massageverb

    kneading and rubbing parts of the body to increase circulation and promote relaxation

  2. massage, rub down, kneadverb

    manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes

    "She rubbed down her child with a sponge"

  3. massageverb

    give a massage to

    "She massaged his sore back"


  1. massagenoun

    The action of rubbing, kneading or hitting someone's body, to help the person relax, prepare for muscular action (as in contact sports) or to relieve aches.

    Having a massage can have many beneficial effects.

    Etymology: From massage, from masser + -age.

  2. massageverb

    To rub and knead (someone's body or a part of a body), to perform a massage on (somebody).

    Etymology: From massage, from masser + -age.

  3. massageverb

    To manipulate (data, a document etc.) to make it more presentable or more convenient to work with.

    Etymology: From massage, from masser + -age.

  4. massageverb

    To falsify (data or accounts).

    Etymology: From massage, from masser + -age.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Massagenoun

    a rubbing or kneading of the body, especially when performed as a hygienic or remedial measure

    Etymology: [F.]


  1. Massage

    Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being, and as a recreational activity. The word comes from the French massage "friction of kneading", or from Arabic massa meaning "to touch, feel or handle" or from Latin massa meaning "mass, dough", cf. Greek verb μάσσω "to handle, touch, to work with the hands, to knead dough". In distinction the ancient Greek word for massage was anatripsis, and the Latin was frictio. Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, or feet. In professional settings massage involves the client being treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor, while in amateur settings a general purpose surface like a bed or floor is more common. The massage subject may be fully or partially clothed or unclothed.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Massage

    ma-säzh′, n. in medicine, a system of treatment in which the manipulation and exercise of parts (passive movement) are employed for the relief of morbid conditions—by stroking, pressing, tapping, kneading, friction with kneading, &c.—v.t. to subject to massage.—ns. Massa′gist, Masseur′:—fem. Masseuse′. [Fr., from Gr. massein, to knead.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Massage

    in medicine a process of kneading, stroking, and rubbing, with the fingers and palms of the hands, applied to the body as a whole or to locally affected parts, to allay pain, promote circulation, and restore nervous and vital energy; it was practised in very early times in China and India; was known to the Greeks and Romans, and was revived by Dr. Mezger of Amsterdam in 1853.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. massage

    [common] Vague term used to describe ‘smooth’ transformations of a data set into a different form, esp. 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.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Massage

    Group of systematic and scientific manipulations of body tissues best performed with the hands for the purpose of affecting the nervous and muscular systems and the general circulation.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A touch, with intent to rub it in.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Massage

    A Frenchised Hindoo word for rubbing. A male and female practitioner of this new curative mode of friction treatment are respectively styled a masseur and masseuse.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of massage in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of massage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of massage in a Sentence

  1. Nattida Kittipongpattana:

    I've been waiting to get a massage for a long time, so I decided to come on the first day it reopened.

  2. Olaf Biedermann:

    The Active Wellness seat is Faurecia's vision on the next level of personalized comfort, what we basically do is to monitor respiration rate and heart rate in the seat, and we derive stress and energy level from that. Then, having this kind of wellness being information, we now can offer a closed-loop comfort system; so in case you are stressed you get a relaxation massage, in case you have low energy levels you get a very energizing massage.

  3. Susan Coppedge:

    If you're going to an Asian massage parlor, there's a chance that someone is not there willingly, most people don't need a massage at 4 a.m. ... It's not rocket science when it comes to the massage parlors.

  4. De Minaur:

    I've done everything to recover. Hopped in the ice bath, had a massage. I'm ready to go... the body is feeling good, it's (the Sydney title) given me a lot of confidence. To be able to do it at my home in front of my friends and family, it's always that much more special.

  5. Jason Rivera:

    There’s been a societal and cultural change. It’s a faster-paced environment, and there are more two-income households where people have to pay attention to personal care because they’re out in the work force, at the same time, people are realizing that massage has an impact on the body, that going to a hairstylist is therapeutic.

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