(2 syl.). That which emanates from a medium to produce the several phenomena connected with mesmerism, spirit-rapping, table-turning, and so on. The productions of these “manifestations” is sometimes called odylism. Baron Reichenbach called it Od force, a force which becomes manifest wherever chemical action is going on.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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