orgasm

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noun

or·​gasm ˈȯr-ˌga-zəm How to pronounce orgasm (audio)
plural orgasms
: 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

orgasm

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verb

orgasmed; orgasming; orgasms

intransitive verb

: to experience orgasm

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Weinberg mimicking a female writer masturbating and having an orgasm in front of her. Kim Masters, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2022 For a blended orgasm (meaning both G-spot and clitoral stimulation), PlusOne or Phanxy’s rabbit vibrator will do the trick. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 12 Oct. 2022 The orgasm bloomed and bloomed and met its limits, then shriveled into memory. Jessi Jezewska Stevens, Harper’s Magazine , 28 Sep. 2022 Lee also points out that those with disabilities may not be able to achieve orgasm. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 30 Sep. 2022 Kinsey researchers have conducted about 100 studies on orgasm. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 The lesson on orgasm is designated for 12th-graders. Beth Reinhard And Emma Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 25 July 2022 The relief would be immense, like barfing up a hot iron ball or having a 10-minute orgasm. Jeff Jackson, Outside Online, 28 July 2022 The lesson on orgasm is designated for 12th-graders. Beth Reinhard And Emma Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 25 July 2022
Verb
Regularly training those muscles will do wonders for enhancing our ability to orgasm and make orgasms even more powerful. Dr. Nan Wise, Glamour, 7 Sep. 2022 Not everyone can orgasm from vaginal penetration alone. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 15 July 2022 But very few people (1.5%) rely on penetration alone to orgasm during masturbation. Anna Pulley, Chicago Tribune, 24 May 2022 The film includes a gory child autopsy scene, shots of bloody intestines and characters who orgasm by licking each other’s open wounds. Zack Sharf, Variety, 23 May 2022 This is despite the fact that 75% of women do not orgasm from penetration alone and require direct clitoral stimulation. Sarah Graham, refinery29.com, 23 Jan. 2022 This is despite the fact that 75% of women do not orgasm from penetration alone and require direct clitoral stimulation. Sarah Graham, refinery29.com, 23 Jan. 2022 This is not going to be fixed by learning how to orgasm or where the clit is. Jacqueline Delgadillo, refinery29.com, 6 Mar. 2022 This is despite the fact that 75% of women do not orgasm from penetration alone and require direct clitoral stimulation. Sarah Graham, refinery29.com, 23 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1763, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orgasm was circa 1763

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Cite this Entry

“Orgasm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orgasm. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

orgasm

noun

or·​gasm
ˈȯr-ˌgaz-əm
: the climax of sexual excitement

Medical Definition

orgasm 1 of 2

noun

or·​gasm ˈȯr-ˌgaz-əm How to pronounce orgasm (audio)
: the climax of sexual excitement that is usually accompanied by ejaculation of semen in the male and by vaginal contractions in the female
orgasmic adjective
also orgastic

orgasm

2 of 2

intransitive verb

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

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