from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A globe of quartz crystal or glass in which images, especially those believed to portend the future, are supposedly visible to fortune tellers.
  • noun A vehicle or technique for making predictions.

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  • noun A globe of glass or crystal used to foretell the future.
  • noun by extension A way of seeing into the future.

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  • noun a glass or crystal globe used in crystal gazing by fortunetellers


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