[muh-sahzh, -sahj or, esp. British, mas-ahzh]
the act or art of treating the body by rubbing, kneading, patting, or the like, to stimulate circulation, increase suppleness, relieve tension, etc.
Slang. attentive or indulgent treatment; pampering: ego massage.
verb (used with object), massaged, massaging.
to treat by massage.
Slang. to treat with special care and attention; coddle or pamper: The store massages its regular customers with gifts and private sales.
to manipulate, maneuver, or handle skillfully: to massage a bill through the Senate.
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.

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

massager, massagist, noun

massage, message. Unabridged
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massage (ˈmæsɑːʒ, -sɑːdʒ)
1.  the act of kneading, rubbing, etc, parts of the body to promote circulation, suppleness, or relaxation
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]

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Word Origin & History

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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Medical Dictionary

massage mas·sage (mə-säzh' -säj')
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 definition

Vague term used to describe "smooth" transformations of a data set into a different form, especially 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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