massage |məˈsä zh; -ˈsäj|
the rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints of the body with the hands, esp. to relieve tension or pain : massage can ease tiredness and jet lag | a massage will help loosen you up.
verb [ trans. ]
1 rub and knead (a person or part of the body) with the hands.
• ( massage something in/into/onto) rub a substance into (the skin or hair).
• flatter (someone's ego) : I chose a man who massaged my bruised ego.
2 manipulate (figures) to give a more acceptable result : the accounts had been massaged and adjusted to suit the government.
ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from French, from masser ‘knead, treat with massage,’ probably from Portuguese amassar ‘knead,’ from massa ‘dough.’
her physical therapy includes massage rub, rubdown, rubbing, kneading, palpation, manipulation, pummeling; body rub, back rub; shiatsu, reflexology, acupressure, hydromassage, Swedish massage, osteopathy; effleurage, tapotement.
1 he massaged her tired muscles rub, knead, palpate, manipulate, pummel, work.
2 the statistics have been massaged alter, tamper with, manipulate, tweak, doctor, falsify, juggle, fiddle with, tinker with, distort, change, rig, interfere with, misrepresent; informal fix, cook, fiddle.