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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The practice or art of telling fortunes from the lines, marks, and patterns on the palms of the hands.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Telling fortunes from the lines on the palms of the hand; chiromancy
  • n. A dexterous use or trick of the hand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art or practice of divining or telling fortunes, or of judging of character, by the lines and marks in the palm of the hand; chiromancy.
  • n. A dexterous use or trick of the hand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art or practice of telling fortunes by a feigned interpretation of lines and marks on the palm of the hand. Also called chirognomy and chiromancy. See phrases under line.
  • n. Manual dexterity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. telling fortunes by lines on the palm of the hand

Etymologies

Middle English palmestrie, from palme, paume, palm; see palm1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English palmestrie, from Latin. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We did things that were completely socially unacceptable for 13 year old girls - hiking in the woods, swimming in streams, learning about obscure topics such as palmistry and witchcraft.

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  • In the height of his good-humour, meeting a common beggar upon the road who was no conjurer, as he went to relieve him he found his pocket was picked; that being a kind of palmistry at which this race of vermin are very dexterous.

    The Coverley Papers

  • They study the river's many tributaries like palmistry, measuring the life of the Nile like the lines of a human hand.

    Thirsty Egypt Clings Tight To The Nile

  • These works incorporate Euro-centric concepts of palmistry, phrenology and astrology in addition to Afro-centric concepts of voodoo and shamanism.

    Bill Bush: Seeing Red: This Artweek.LA (October 24-30, 2011)

  • As a lifelong member of the Stupid People, unschooled in the ways of science, I reject astrology, the runes, palmistry and all other hocus pocus designed to separate me from my money and exploit my ignorance for profit.

    Astrologers angered by stars

  • Cosmetology textbooks share shelf space with tomes on Tibetan grammar, bowling and palmistry.

    Guerrilla Librarians Making Noise

  • Satanism, palmistry and homosexuality hand in hand

    Made in Wisła | the POLSKI blog

  • You can also get details on private readings, Margaret's classes and blog at www. margaretruth.com and for a limited time, Margaret is taking palmistry appointments (I need to for the next book!).

    Margaret Ruth: Authentic, Satisfying People Connections Need Only Three Things

  • Lastly, he had practised palmistry, and foretold to the young Father Cherubin that he was helped by a beautiful lady, who should make him father to a thriving boy.

    Quentin Durward

  • Their pretensions to read fortunes, by palmistry and by astrology, acquired them sometimes respect, but oftener drew them under suspicion as sorcerers; the universal accusation that they augmented their horde by stealing children, subjected them to doubt and execration ....

    Quentin Durward

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  • Agreed!

    October 9, 2007

  • I likes it too--though not the actual act of palm reading. That just freaks me out. ;-)

    October 9, 2007

  • Palm reading. Beautiful word.

    October 8, 2007