verb[with object] archaic
Soften (plaster or other material) by kneading or rubbing.
- As soon as it has been malaxated it is put into brown freestone pots.
- Sprinkle half of the salt over them, and, with the hands malaxate them vigorously for fifteen minutes.
- The solution was facilitated by malaxating and frequently stirring the mixture.
Late Middle English: from Latin malaxare, from Greek malassein 'make soft'.
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