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 Libby scratches a record while sticking her hand down her dress to simulate masturbation. David Gordon, Harper's magazine, "The Forty-Year Rehearsal," 6 Jan. 2020 Despite the incredibly odd blog posts that Kapler has posted, providing tips for tanning testicles and masturbation. Al Saracevic, SFChronicle.com, "Giants face PR mess: If Gabe Kapler is innocent, is Farhan Zaidi guilty?," 13 Nov. 2019 But don’t let the canine masturbation scenes and self-experimentation soapboxing scare you off. Wired, "A Netflix Series Explores the Brave New World of Crispr," 18 Oct. 2019 Wagner also suggested to Nietzsche’s doctor that the young man’s medical issues were the result of excessive masturbation. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Nietzsche’s Eternal Return," 7 Oct. 2019 Kellogg advocated for circumcision as a way to avert masturbation. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan nonprofit protests male circumcision on Woodward Avenue," 14 Sep. 2019 The shame and stigma surrounding female masturbation is a reason both Loyst and Milhausen give for why women still masturbate less than men. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "Masturbation Is Self Care & Women Are Better At It Than Men," 24 July 2019 Why can’t a woman’s art be universal, in the way that Portnoy’s Complaint, that masturbation odyssey, is a Great American Novel, rather than a Great Male American Novel? Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "The Nostalgic End of Fleabag," 30 Aug. 2019 Ramy’s pals are already all talking about masturbation. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Emmys 2019: Consider Ramy Youssef for writing, directing, and starring in Ramy," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of masturbation

1603, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jan 2020

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“Masturbation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masturbation. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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