|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 |
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
To give a massage to.
To treat by means of a massage.
massagevt. [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.