masturbation

noun
mas·​tur·​ba·​tion | \ˌmas-tər-ˈbā-shən \

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

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There's also a day for mutual masturbation (see the entire list on Reddit). Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Couples Are Taking Reddit's "30-Day Sex Challenge" — Here's What That Means," 14 May 2018 That said, if a woman cannot have an orgasm with a partner but also has not given herself permission to have an orgasm, then masturbation becomes the key. Time, "Ask Dr. Ruth: How Can I Orgasm More Easily During Sex?," 29 Mar. 2018 In 2016, there were 109 allegations, ranging from comments and gestures to groping, public masturbation, and rape; of those, 22 were declared unfounded, 16 unsubstantiated, and one substantiated. John H. Tucker, Daily Intelligencer, "Rape at Rosie’s," 26 June 2018 Kim also faces charges of masturbation for hire and massage without license. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "2 arrested in prostitution sting at massage parlor," 21 June 2018 The executives didn't blink at the inclusion of a woman within the masturbation storyline. Marc Freeman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Seinfeld' Finale at 20: Hidden Tales From the Vault of a Comedian's Bizarro World," 13 May 2018 Along with shouts to Dr. Dre, Wu-Tang Clan, Pharrell and Michael Jordan, Stav repeatedly sends love to favorite pastime: masturbation. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Watch Kacey Musgraves & Amy Schumer in Unaired 'SNL' Sketch 'Spirituality Rap'," 16 May 2018 On one of the pages rested a note about masturbation. Marc Freeman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Seinfeld' Finale at 20: Hidden Tales From the Vault of a Comedian's Bizarro World," 13 May 2018 Whether in the dressing room or backstage, the conversation is authentically piquant in its shifts between confidence and uncertainty as discussions pivot among topics including masturbation, life ambitions and how to lose one’s virginity. New York Times, "Review: ‘Dance Nation,’ the Power and the Terror of Girls at 13," 8 May 2018

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1603, in the meaning defined above

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masturbation

noun
mas·​tur·​ba·​tion | \ˌmas-tər-ˈbā-shən \

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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