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MASSAGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does massage mean? 

MASSAGE (noun)
  The noun MASSAGE has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: MASSAGE used as a noun is very rare.


MASSAGE (verb)
  The verb MASSAGE has 2 senses:

1. manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes
2. give a massage to

  Familiarity information: MASSAGE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MASSAGE (noun)


Sense 1massage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("massage" is a kind of...):

treatment (care by procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "massage"):

rubdown (the act of rubbing down, usually for relaxation or medicinal purposes)

cardiac massage; heart massage (an emergency procedure that employs rhythmic compression of the heart (either through the chest wall or, during surgery, directly to the heart) in an attempt to maintain circulation during cardiac arrest)

effleurage (a rhythmic stroking)

petrissage (massage of the skin which is gently lifted and squeezed)

Swedish massage (massage combined with a system of active and passive exercises for the muscles and joints)

tapotement (massage in which the body is tapped rhythmically with the fingers or with short rapid movements of the sides of the hand; used to loosen mucus on the chest walls of patients with bronchitis)


MASSAGE (verb)


Sense 1massage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

massage; knead; rub down

Context example:

She rubbed down her child with a sponge

Hypernyms (to "massage" is one way to...):

manipulate (hold something in one's hands and move it)

"Massage" entails doing...:

rub (move over something with pressure)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2massage [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give a massage to

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Context example:

She massaged his sore back

Hypernyms (to "massage" is one way to...):

care for; treat (provide treatment for)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Did he massage his foot?


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