masturbation

noun
mas·​tur·​ba·​tion | \ ˌma-stər-ˈbā-shən How to pronounce masturbation (audio) \

Definition of masturbation

: erotic stimulation especially of one's own genital (see genital sense 2) organs commonly resulting in orgasm and achieved by manual (see manual entry 1 sense 1) or other bodily contact exclusive of sexual intercourse, by instrumental manipulation (see manipulate sense 1), occasionally by sexual fantasies, or by various combinations of these agencies

Examples of masturbation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of course, Daphne tries out masturbation that night. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "R29 Recaps: Every Episode From Bridgerton Season 1," 28 Dec. 2020 There’s no reason for female masturbation to be a taboo topic. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "14 Benefits of Female Masturbation and Tips for Getting Busy With Yourself," 27 Dec. 2020 Blisteringly funny and exceedingly dark, both shows plumb the sometimes-seedy depths of female desire (an entire episode of I Hate Suzie is devoted to masturbation), prioritizing honesty over doe-eyed likability. Marley Marius, Vogue, "“I Hate Suzie” Superfan Phoebe Waller Bridge Discusses the Show’s Unique Appeal with Its Creators," 7 Dec. 2020 As a general rule of thumb, masturbation is the safest way to get off during the pandemic. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "What Is Coronalingus & Should You Be Having It?," 1 Oct. 2020 In an interview, Antone said children should be allowed to be children and not taught about masturbation in kindergarten. AZCentral.com, "How a group that began by sharing racist memes, violent fantasies on Facebook became a force in Arizona politics," 1 Oct. 2020 Members must also swear off masturbation at this stage. Washington Post, "Who are the Proud Boys, the group Trump told to ‘stand back and stand by’?," 28 Sep. 2020 After he was discharged from the hospital, police jailed him both in the alleged masturbation episode and the campus police melee. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Worker accused of masturbating in Tulane office sues university because campus police shoot him," 21 Sep. 2020 More of her characters masturbate on screen, or at least talk enthusiastically about masturbation, than don’t. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Geraldine Viswanathan Is Comedy’s Newest Star. Prepare to Be Obsessed.," 11 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of masturbation

1603, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of masturbation was in 1603

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“Masturbation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masturbation. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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masturbation

noun
mas·​tur·​ba·​tion | \ ˌmas-tər-ˈbā-shən How to pronounce masturbation (audio) \

Medical Definition of masturbation

: erotic stimulation especially of one's own genital organs commonly resulting in orgasm and achieved by manual or other bodily contact exclusive of sexual intercourse, by instrumental manipulation, occasionally by sexual fantasies, or by various combinations of these agencies

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