or·gasm | \ ˈȯr-ˌga-zəm \

Definition of orgasm 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: intense or paroxysmal excitement especially : the rapid pleasurable release of neuromuscular tensions at the height of sexual arousal that is usually accompanied by the ejaculation of semen in the male and by vaginal contractions in the female


orgasmed; orgasming; orgasms

Definition of orgasm (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to experience orgasm

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orgasmic \ȯr-ˈgaz-mik \ or less commonly orgastic \ȯr-ˈga-stik \ adjective

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Prolactin, a hormone that relaxes you, is also released after an orgasm. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "10 health benefits of having more sex," 1 Mar. 2018 At the next night’s service, Ariel (Eden Epstein) is grumbling about a girl who has yet to call her back, despite Ariel giving her three orgasms (the nerve!)., "Sweetbitter Episode 3: The Big Decision," 21 May 2018 Furthermore, heterosexual women achieve orgasm easily and regularly through masturbation., "The orgasm gap is a thing. How can it be bridged?," 7 Mar. 2018 Unlike women, who can pretty much fake their way from arousal to orgasm, men have very visual signals of arousal. Anna Pulley, RedEye Chicago, "Ask Anna: Losing an erection during oral sex," 10 July 2017 Thirty percent of women have trouble reaching orgasm. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "10 Things You Didn't Know About Orgasms," 2 June 2016 And that's way more vulnerable than the orgasm that's the performance. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, ""It's a Revolution": The Hollywood Reporter Drama Actress Roundtable," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are many reasons a woman might not be able to orgasm. Gigi Engle, Marie Claire, "Why Can't I Have an Orgasm?," 28 May 2018 Lesbians are more likely to orgasm than heterosexual women. Laurie Mintz,, "The orgasm gap explained: Why she's just not as into it," 18 May 2018 The Toy Trick The fact is that most women orgasm from clitoral stimulation — so why not bring in a vibrator? Redbook, "16 Amazing Sex Tricks He Wants You to Know," 22 Jan. 2018 Somewhere between 20 and 30 percent of women don't orgasm during intercourse. Emma Barker, Cosmopolitan, "10 Sexy Socks That Will Help You Orgasm," 23 Oct. 2014 For the first time in my life, orgasming was off the table. Jessica Zucker, The Cut, "How a Miscarriage Affected My Sex Life," 24 Jan. 2018 Plus, orgasming spikes levels of DHEA, a hormone that has been linked to glowier, healthier skin. Lauren Balsamo, Cosmopolitan, "Here's How to Get the Perfect Summer Glow," 16 July 2017

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First Known Use of orgasm


circa 1763, in the meaning defined above


1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orgasm


New Latin orgasmus, from Greek orgasmos, from organ to grow ripe, be lustful; probably akin to Sanskrit ūrjā sap, strength


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English Language Learners Definition of orgasm

: the point during sexual activity when sexual pleasure is strongest


or·gasm | \ ˈȯr-ˌgaz-əm \

Medical Definition of orgasm 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the climax of sexual excitement that is usually accompanied by ejaculation of semen in the male and by vaginal contractions in the female

Other words from orgasm

orgasmic \ȯr-ˈgaz-mik \ also orgastic \-ˈgas-tik \ adjective

Medical Definition of orgasm (Entry 2 of 2)

: to experience an orgasm able to orgasm during intercourse —Shere Hite

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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