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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Our breath is critical to staying centered and relaxed, allowing for the calm focus required to experience orgasm and pleasure. Gigi Engle, SELF, "How to Get Really Comfortable in Your Body for Sex," 8 Dec. 2018 Still others either aren’t capable of having an orgasm, or find that orgasming is painful rather than pleasurable. Lux Alptraum, SELF, "Faking Orgasms Isn’t the Real Problem—the Real Problem Is Our Limited View of What Sexual Pleasure Looks Like," 20 Nov. 2018 From there, the researchers mashed the results within the two cultural groups and let loose assembled facial models for orgasm and pained faces. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "How orgasm faces differ between people from Eastern and Western cultures," 9 Oct. 2018 There’s no data as to why, but the different taste often disappears after the pregnant woman’s orgasm. Nancy Redd, Marie Claire, "6 Tips for Amazing Sex During Pregnancy," 13 Apr. 2018 The store is both a technical achievement of the highest order and a toe-curling aesthetic orgasm of bulbous glass protruding through the diamond frame—at nearly skyscraper scale! Brad Dunning, GQ, "These Are the 8 Architectural Wonders Of the Fashion World," 28 Mar. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While being abused, women can get wet, men can get erections, and many people even orgasm. Vanessa Marin, Allure, "Ask a Sex Therapist: Why Is My Vagina Always So Dry During Sex?," 11 Oct. 2018 Some women who previously orgasmed through G-spot stimulation now prefer clitoral stimulation. Danielle Friedman, Glamour, "When Can You Have Sex After Having a Baby? And Other Post-Birth Sex Questions Answered," 17 Dec. 2018 According to experts, orgasms or orgasm-like feelings from peeing are totally possible, similar to orgasming in your sleep. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, ""Peegasm" Orgasms May Cause Health Problems, Doctors Say," 8 Aug. 2018 Sure, orgasming can maybe put you in a better mood, but sometimes a night just calls for a large glass of mediocre wine, sweatpants, and The Bachelor. 7. Mallory Schlossberg, Redbook, "11 Perfectly Good Reasons to Not Have Sex Tonight," 17 Feb. 2017 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

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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

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of orgasm was circa 1763

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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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