What does masturbation mean?

Definitions for masturbationˌmæs tərˈbeɪ ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. masturbation, onanism(noun)

    manual stimulation of the genital organs (of yourself or another) for sexual pleasure


  1. masturbation(Noun)

    Manual erotic stimulation of the genitals or other erotic regions, often to orgasm, either by oneself or a partner.

  2. Origin: From masturbation, from masturbor, conjectured to have originated from a contraction of manus and turbo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Masturbation(noun)

    onanism; self-pollution

  2. Origin: [L. masturbatus, p. p. of masturbari to practice onanism: cf. F. masturbation.]


  1. 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

  1. Masturbation

    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

  1. Masturbation

    Sexual stimulation or gratification of the self.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of masturbation in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of masturbation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Richard Feynman:

    Physics is to math what sex is to masturbation.

  2. Karl Marx:

    Philosophy is to the real world as masturbation is to sex.

  3. Debby Herbenick:

    Oxytocin can be released not only during masturbation and intercourse, but also during close touching.

  4. Bob Dylan:

    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.

  5. David Ley:

    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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