manual stimulation of the genital organs (of yourself or another) for sexual pleasure
Manual erotic stimulation of the genitals or other erotic regions, often to orgasm, either by oneself or a partner.
Origin: From masturbation, from masturbor, conjectured to have originated from a contraction of manus and turbo.
Origin: [L. masturbatus, p. p. of masturbari to practice onanism: cf. F. masturbation.]
Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one's own genitals, usually to the point of orgasm. The stimulation can be performed using the hands, fingers, everyday objects, or dedicated sex toys. Mutual masturbation, which is masturbation with a partner, can take the form of non-penetrative sex. Studies have found that masturbation is frequent in humans of both sexes and all ages, although there is variation. Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude to sex in general and to masturbation in particular, and no causal relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder. Acts of masturbation have been depicted in art worldwide since prehistory. While there was a period when it was subject to medical censure and social conservatism, it is considered a normal part of healthy life today. It is commonly mentioned in popular music as well as on television, in films and in literature. Masturbation can also take place for the purpose of assisted reproduction, for instance in the case of in vitro fertilization.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mas-tur-bā′shun, n. self-defilement, onanism.—v.i. Mas′turbate, to commit self-abuse.—n. Mas′turbator, one guilty of this. [L. masturbāri.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Sexual stimulation or gratification of the self.
The numerical value of masturbation in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of masturbation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Physics is to math what sex is to masturbation.
Philosophy is to the real world as masturbation is to sex.
Oxytocin can be released not only during masturbation and intercourse, but also during close touching.
Maybe in the 90s or possibly in the next century people will look upon the 80s as the age of masturbation, when it was taken to the limit; that might be all that's going on right now in a big way.
For years, the field of mental health believed masturbation and homosexuality were unhealthy, and that interest in fetish was statistically rare and usually unhealthy, it turns out we’ve been wrong on all counts.
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- استمناء, عادة سريةArabic
- onanizm, kəfləməAzerbaijani
- হস্তমৈথুন, হাত মারাBengali
- palla, masturbacióCatalan, Valencian
- onanie, masturbaceCzech
- onani, masturbationDanish
- Selbstbefriedigung, Onanie, MasturbationGerman
- μαλακία, αυνανισμόςGreek
- paja, masturbaciónSpanish
- جلق, استمناءPersian
- masturbaatio, itsetyydytysFinnish
- masturbation, branlette, onanismeFrench
- lámhchartadh, glacaireachtIrish
- fèin-bhrodadh, brodadhScottish Gaelic
- maszturbáció, önkielégítésHungarian
- coli, masturbasi, onani, cokil, ngocokIndonesian
- sjálfsfróun, rúnkIcelandic
- マスターベーション, 自慰, オナニーJapanese
- ნძრევა, მასტურბაციაGeorgian
- 자위, 마스터베이션, 딸딸이Korean
- masturbasi, pelancapanMalay
- masturbatie, zelfbevredigingDutch
- masturbacja, onanizmPolish
- masturbație, masturbareRomanian
- онанизм, рукоблудие, мастурбацияRussian
- рукоблуд, samoblud, мастурбација, manustupracija, самозадовољавање, дркање, онанија, самоблуд, drkanje, мануступрација, onanija, masturbacija, samozadovoljavanje, rukobludSerbo-Croatian
- masturbácia, onania, ukájanieSlovak
- masturbiranje, masturbácija, samozadovoljevanjeSlovene
- சுய இன்பம்Tamil
- masturbasyon, jakol, pagsalsalTagalog
- thủ dâmVietnamese
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