mass-agist

massage

[muh-sahzh, -sahj or, esp. British, mas-ahzh]
noun
1.
the act or art of treating the body by rubbing, kneading, patting, or the like, to stimulate circulation, increase suppleness, relieve tension, etc.
2.
Slang. attentive or indulgent treatment; pampering: ego massage.
verb (used with object), massaged, massaging.
3.
to treat by massage.
4.
Slang. to treat with special care and attention; coddle or pamper: The store massages its regular customers with gifts and private sales.
5.
Informal.
a.
to manipulate, maneuver, or handle skillfully: to massage a bill through the Senate.
b.
to manipulate, organize, or rearrange (data, figures, or the like) to produce a specific result, especially a favorable one: The auditors discovered that the company had massaged the books.

Origin:
1875–80; < French, equivalent to mass(er) to massage (< Arabic massa to handle) + -age -age

massager, massagist, noun

massage, message.
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massage (ˈmæsɑːʒ, -sɑːdʒ)
 
n
1.  the act of kneading, rubbing, etc, parts of the body to promote circulation, suppleness, or relaxation
 
vb
2.  to give a massage to
3.  to treat (stiffness, aches, etc) by a massage
4.  to manipulate (statistics, data, etc) so that they appear to support a particular interpretation or to be better than they are; doctor
5.  massage someone's ego to boost someone's sense of self-esteem by flattery
 
[C19: from French, from masser to rub; see mass]
 
'massager
 
n
 
'massagist
 
n

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Word Origin & History

massage
1876, from Fr. massage "friction of kneading," from masser "to massage," possibly from Arabic massa "to touch, feel, handle;" if so, probably picked up in Egypt during the Napoleonic campaign there. Other possibility is that Fr. got it in colonial India from Port. amassar "knead," a verb from L. massa
"mass, dough" (see mass (1)). The verb is attested from 1887. Massage parlor first attested 1913, from the start a euphemism for "house of prostitution."
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massage mas·sage (mə-säzh' -säj')
n.
The rubbing or kneading of parts of the body for therapeutic purposes. v. mas·saged, mas·sag·ing, mas·sag·es

  1. To give a massage to.

  2. To treat by means of a massage.

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massage

vt. [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.
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