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orgasm \or"gasm\ ([^o]r"g[a^]z'm), n. [F. orgasme; cf. Gr. 'orgasmo`s a kneading, softening, prob. confused with 'orga^n to swell, especially with lust; to feel an ardent desire.] (Physiol.) Eager or immoderate excitement or action; the state of turgescence of any organ; erethism.

2. Especially: The peak of the physical pleasurable sexual excitement caused by stimulation of the sexual organs, as in intercourse; in the male, it is usually accompanied by ejaculation.

3. Hence: An eruption of intense, uncontrolled excitement; -- used of groups and individuals.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1680s, "sexual climax," from French orgasme or Modern Latin orgasmus, from Greek orgasmos "excitement, swelling," from organ "be in heat, become ripe for," literally "to swell, be excited," related to orge "impulse, excitement, anger," from PIE root *wrog- "to burgeon, swell with strength" (cognates: Sanskrit urja "a nourishment, sap, vigor," Old Irish ferc, ferg "anger"). Also used 17c. of other violent excitements of emotion or other bodily functions.


1973, originally and usually in reference to a woman's sexual climax, from orgasm (n.). Related: Orgasmed; orgasming.


n. 1 (context obsolete English) A spasm or sudden contraction. (17th-19th c.) 2 A rush of sexual excitement; now specifically, the climax or peak of sexual pleasure, which occurs during sexual activity and which in males may include ejaculation and in females vaginal contractions. (from 18th c.) vb. To have an orgasm.


n. the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse [syn: climax, sexual climax, coming]


Orgasm (from Greek ὀργασμός orgasmos "excitement, swelling"; also sexual climax) is the sudden discharge of accumulated sexual excitement during the sexual response cycle, resulting in rhythmic muscular contractions in the pelvic region characterized by sexual pleasure. Experienced by males and females, orgasms are controlled by the involuntary or autonomic nervous system. They are often associated with other involuntary actions, including muscular spasms in multiple areas of the body, a general euphoric sensation and, frequently, body movements and vocalizations. The period after orgasm (known as the refractory period) is often a relaxing experience, attributed to the release of the neurohormones oxytocin and prolactin as well as endorphins (or "endogenous morphine").

Human orgasms usually result from physical sexual stimulation of the penis in males (typically accompanying ejaculation), and the clitoris in females. Sexual stimulation can be by self-practice ( masturbation) or with a sex partner ( penetrative sex, non-penetrative sex, or other sexual activity).

The health effects surrounding the human orgasm are diverse. There are many physiological responses during sexual activity, including a relaxed state created by prolactin, as well as changes in the central nervous system such as a temporary decrease in the metabolic activity of large parts of the cerebral cortex while there is no change or increased metabolic activity in the limbic (i.e., "bordering") areas of the brain. There is also a wide range of sexual dysfunctions, such as anorgasmia. These effects impact cultural views of orgasm, such as the beliefs that orgasm and the frequency/consistency of it are important or irrelevant for satisfaction in a sexual relationship, and theories about the biological and evolutionary functions of orgasm.

Orgasm in non-human animals has been studied significantly less than orgasm in humans, but research on the subject is ongoing.

Orgasm (John's Children album)

Orgasm is John's Children's sole studio album, projected for release on 18 March 1967, and eventually released in September 1970. It was recorded (before Marc Bolan joined the band) at Advison Studios in London, England. Originally intended as a regular studio album, it was transformed into a fake "live" album by producer Simon Napier-Bell by dubbing audience screams lifted from The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night.

According to the liner notes by Chris Donovan in the 1982 Cherry Red Records reissue of the album, its release in the United States was stopped by the Daughters of the American Revolution, who objected to the title. When the album was finally released by White Whale in the U.S., the title "Orgasm" was covered up on the front cover and on the disc label. However, the title was forgotten to be removed from the LP spine, where it remained.

In Australia it was released as simply John's Children.

Orgasm (song)

is the second single by Japanese heavy metal band X Japan, then named X, released on April 10, 1986.

Orgasm (disambiguation)

Orgasm is the third stage in the sexual response cycle.

Orgasm may refer to:

  • Orgasm (cocktail)
Orgasm (Cromagnon album)

Orgasm is the only studio album by the experimental band Cromagnon, released in 1969 by the ESP-Disk record label. The album was re-released in 2000 as Cave Rock.

Orgasm (Alan Shorter album)

Orgasm is an album by jazz hornist Alan Shorter recorded in 1968 and released on the Verve label.

Orgasm (cocktail)

The Orgasm is a cocktail that can be served either on the rocks or layered and drunk as a shooter.

There are many versions of this popular mixed drink. Bartending 101 gives one version as equal parts Amaretto, Kahlúa and Baileys Irish Cream. One version is "made on your B.A.C.K.", meaning it is made with Baileys, Amaretto, half and half ( cream) and Kahlúa, with each ingredient having one part. Another variation contains 1/3 oz. each of Vodka, Amaretto, Triple Sec and White Crème de cacao, and 1 oz. of light cream. This variation of the recipe is sometimes known as a "Screaming Orgasm".

Since 2011, the cocktail is no longer part of the "official IBA cocktails" of the International Bartenders Association (IBA).

Usage examples of "orgasm".

At this moment they are building toward orgasm, except for Arleigh, who is climaxing continually.

They are holding her level of sexual expression low so that she does not expend excessive energy in orgasm.

He does not yet know about orgasm, which explains his ability to endure three hours of continual copulation.

They can express the whole range from this microtime of orgasm, through the stages of embedding of the foetus in the womb, to the Ages of Manto .

She has been seven hours now since her last heart failure, during which time she has enjoyed 13 major orgasms whilst absorbing nearly a gallon of nutriment.

Answer this, Sir: For the first time in the history of the human race a man has achieved the heretofore uniquely feminine capacity of continual orgasms.

Morcock -- despite that, she has settled down to an average of 10,5 minutes between group orgasms and has maintained that pace since about eleven p.

She has sustained 76 major orgasms -- at least has given all the signs -- and initiated 305 males.

His mother, his father, great cats and the wet scent of their breath, like coolant on overheated coils, the soft taste of Joice in his mouth, her body moving beneath him, sinking into her, tiniest folding of her labia around his penis, the rising to orgasm, the overloading, the heat, the peace of darkness.

The ultimate, I had always believed, was the simultaneous orgasm, the instantaneous joinder of passions and fulfillments, where two became one.

Many of my orgasms, however, had had a distant, thrumming, Novocain ed quality.

Men, on the other hand, often think that a woman has reached a point of orgasmic inevitability and, therefore, cease clitoral stimulation at the mission-critical moment to enter a full-throttle rush to coital mutual orgasm, even though the process of sexual response can be interrupted right up to and into climax.

As the pleasurable orgasmic contractions propel semen through the urethra, he will retain his tight grip on the shaft and continue massaging the frenulum and glans, maximizing the pleasure and stroking through the orgasm and its first expulsion of ejaculate.

Sperm once more raced from his testicles to erupt into her mouth as he reached a shaking, jerking orgasm, her grateful tongue savouring every last drop before she reluctantly swallowed it.

Erection and orgasm could follow as a corollary of the hypothalamus and nearby septal areas of the brain becoming excited.