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Definition 1: kneading and rubbing parts of the body to increase circulation and promote relaxation - [noun denoting act]

(massage is a kind of ...) care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)

(... is a kind of massage ) the act of rubbing down, usually for relaxation or medicinal purposes

(... is a kind of 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

(... is a kind of massage ) a rhythmic stroking

"effleurage of the abdomen is used in the Lamaze method of childbirth"

(... is a kind of massage ) massage of the skin which is gently lifted and squeezed

(... is a kind of massage ) massage to relieve tension by finger pressure; based on the belief that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head that are connected to every part of the body

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

(... is a kind of massage ) 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

Definition 2: give a massage to - [verb of body]

Samples where massage or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She massaged his sore back

(massage is a kind of ...) provide treatment for

"The doctor treated my broken leg" "The nurses cared for the bomb victims" "The patient must be treated right away or she will die" "Treat the infection with antibiotics"

Definition 3: manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes - [verb of contact]

Samples where massage or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She rubbed down her child with a sponge

Synonyms for massage in the sense of this definition

(massage is a kind of ...) hold something in one's hands and move it

(massage implies ...) move over something with pressure

"rub my hands" "rub oil into her skin"

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