American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- interj. Archaic Used as a mild oath.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete spelling of odd.
- n. A reduction of the name of God used in minced oaths; also used interjectionally as a minced oath. Sometimes 'Od. Also Odd.
- n. A hypothetical force supposed by Reichenbach to have been discovered by him in connection with vital and magnetic phenomena. It was supposed to be exhibited by peculiarly sensitive persons (streaming from their finger-tips), and by crystals and other bodies. Various kinds of it were discriminated, as biod, chymod, elod, heliod, selenod, etc. This force has been supposed to explain the phenomena of mesmerism and animal magnetism; but it rests upon no scientific foundation. Also called odic force, odyl, odyle, and odylic force.
- A simplified spelling of odd.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Physics), Archaic An alleged force or natural power, supposed, by Reichenbach and others, to produce the phenomena of mesmerism, and to be developed by various agencies, as by magnets, heat, light, chemical or vital action, etc.; -- called also
odyleor the odylic force.
- v. dose too heavily
- n. a doctor's degree in optometry
- n. the right eye
- Alteration of God. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“[Footnote 23: I had written, announcing the word Od-jib-wa to be the true Indian pronunciation, and recommending its adoption.]”
“It is believed that all bodies convey, or are the vehicles of, a certain universal magnetic property, variously called Od, Odyle, etc., which is regarded as an inert and passive substance underlying the more active forces familiar to us in kinetic, calorific, and electrical phenomena.”
“Od's life, he has bought one of his Lordship's own manors -- as good an estate as there is in the province.”
“Od's life, he looks hunted, and cursed near brought to earth.”
“Od's life, Richard!" cried Charles, "he has a Jew nose; by all the seven tribes I bid you 'ware of him.”
“Od's, you may thank your own devilish thick head," said my Lord Comyn.”
“Od's bodikins, man, you speak as if this paltry sum were all the wealth of the Indies.”
“Od's pitlikins, man, how did you come here? 'asked Sir Gervas, poking me with his forefinger as though to see if I were really of flesh and blood.”
“Od's bud, man, you have lived two centuries too late.”
“Od's fish! 'cried Sir Gervas, as I folded up the letter,' I have heard”
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