American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small triangular board supported by two casters and a vertical pencil that, when lightly touched by the fingertips, is said to spell out subconscious or supernatural messages.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small heart-shaped or triangular board mounted on three supports, of which two, placed at the angles of the base, are easily moving casters, and the third, placed at the apex, is a pencil-point. If the tips of the fingers of one person, or of two, are placed lightly upon it, the board will often, after a time, move without conscious effort on the part of the operator, and the pencilpoint will, it is said, trace lines, words, and even sentences. It was invented about 1855, and was for a time an object of not a little superstition.
- n. A circumferentor.
- n. A small plank.
- n. spiritualism A type of Ouija board. (A small tablet of wood supported on casters and having a pencil attached. The characters produced by the pencil on paper, while the hand rests on the instrument and it is allowed to move, are sometimes interpreted as of oracular or supernatural import.)
- n. A plane-table.
- n. Circular, colored dots pressed into paper money, used to distinguish authentic currency from counterfeit currency.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A circumferentor. See circumferentor.
- n. A small tablet of wood supported on casters and having a pencil attached. The characters produced by the pencil on paper, while the hand rests on the instrument and it is allowed to move, are sometimes translated as of oracular or supernatural import.
- n. a triangular board supported on casters; when lightly touched with the fingertips it is supposed to spell out supernatural (or unconscious) messages
- French, from Old French, diminutive of planche, board; see planchet. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As we returned to the humble huts and partook of sheep-cheese and rakia, I remembered that many of the tribes of my own land believe in planchette and table-turning – consult palmists and globe-gazers, are "Christian Scientists" and "Higher Thoughters" – and reflected that all the training of all the schools had but little removed a large mass of the British public from the intellectual standpoint of High Albania, whereas for open-handed generosity and hospitality the Albanian ranks incomparably higher.”
“He really believes that he can receive messages from the dead through this very simple contraption: a cardboard chart of all twenty-six letters in the Latin alphabet and all the numbers zero through nine, with a plastic heart-shaped doodad known as a planchette that has three stubby legs and a tiny window of sorts in the middle.”
“After this the seances were given up but Jacobsen produced an instrument called a planchette and with difficulty persuaded Bickley to try it, which he did after many precautions.”
“These two, together with Lute's aunt and uncle plus a Mrs. Grantly, and a corporate rich man named Mr. Barton, all sit down to a session of Planchette, a form of Ouija involving a "planchette," or triangular board on moving casters with a pencil at the apex of the triangle.”
“Some years ago, when the "planchette" first came out, I remember that it acquired quite a reputation as a particularly erratic piece of mechanism, but for real mystery and _innate cussedness_, on general principles, commend me to the indicator.”
“In the earlier years of the spiritualist movement, a "planchette," a little heart-shaped board running on wheels, was employed to facilitate the process of writing.”
“I'll be hanged if I can associate psychics with a biceps like Berber's; somehow those things seem the special prerogative of anemic women in white cheese-cloth fooling with 'planchette' and 'currents.”
“With a large planchette that makes the board very easy to use, it is the ideal gift for any Buffy fan who has ever wished to dabble in the “dark arts” and take a step into the “supernatural world.””
“Wide-eyed and goosebumped, my sister and I looked at each other and then promptly accused one another of pushing the planchette from letter to letter.”
“We raced from Christmas Day – charades played upstairs, planchette downstairs – to New Year's Day in 20 minutes.”
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