- Device for obtaining messages from the spirit world, sometimes used by a medium during a séance.The name derives from the French and German words for "yes" (oui/ja). The Ouija board is an oblong piece of wood or cardboard with letters of the alphabet inscribed in a half-moon along the edge. A small heart-shaped board is placed on top of it. Participants each lightly place a finger on the small board, which spirits supposedly move around on the larger board. As it touches the letters it may spell out words or sentences.
* * *in occultism, a device ostensibly used for obtaining messages from the spirit world, usually employed by a medium during a séance. The name derives from the French and German words for “yes” (oui and ja). The Ouija board consists of an oblong piece of wood with letters of the alphabet inscribed along its longer edge in a wide half-moon. On top of this, a much smaller, heart-shaped board is placed, mounted on casters, which enable it to slide freely.Each participant lightly places a finger on the small board, which then slides about because of the resultant pressure. The letters pointed out by the apex of the board may in some instances spell out words or even sentences. In the late 19th century, when the Ouija board was a popular pastime, it was fashionable to ascribe such happenings to discarnate spirits; more recent opinion is skeptical.
* * *
Look at other dictionaries:
Ouija Board — (2001 ) est un cheval de course né en Angleterre de l union de Cape Cross et Selection Board, par Welsh Pageant. Entraînée par Ed Dunlop, cette jument appartenant à Edward Stanley fut la no 1 de sa génération et bâtit l un des plus beaux… … Wikipédia en Français
Ouija Board — may refer to:*Ouija Board (horse) *Ouija (film) *Ouija … Wikipedia
Ouija board™ — [ˈwiːdʒə bɔːd] [ˈwiːdʒə bɔːrd] noun a board marked with letters of the alphabet and other signs, used in ↑seances to receive messages said to come from people who are dead Word Origin: [Ouija board] late 19th cent … Useful english dictionary
Ouija board — ► NOUN trademark ▪ a board with letters, numbers, and other signs around its edge, to which a pointer moves, supposedly in answer to questions at a seance. ORIGIN from French oui yes + German ja yes … English terms dictionary
Ouija board — UK [ˈwiːdʒə ˌbɔː(r)d] / US [ˈwɪdʒə ˌbɔrd] Word forms Ouija board : singular Ouija board plural Ouija boards trademark a board with writing and signs printed on it, which some people believe can be used to receive messages from dead people … English dictionary
ouija board — [[t]wi͟ːʤə bɔː(r)d[/t]] ouija boards N COUNT A ouija board is a board with the letters of the alphabet written on it. It is used to ask questions which are thought to be answered by the spirits of dead people … English dictionary
ouija board — board used in seances, board with letters on it that is used to communicate with the spirits of the dead … English contemporary dictionary
Ouija board — noun a board with the alphabet on it; used with a planchette to spell out supernatural messages • Syn: ↑Ouija • Hypernyms: ↑board, ↑gameboard • Part Meronyms: ↑planchette … Useful english dictionary
Ouija board — [ wi:dʒə] noun trademark a board with letters, numbers, and other signs around its edge, to which a planchette or other pointer moves, supposedly in answer to questions from people at a seance. Origin C19: Ouija from Fr. oui yes + Ger. ja yes … English new terms dictionary
Ouija board — Oui|ja board [ˈwi:dʒə bo:d US ˈwi:dʒi: bo:rd] n trademark a board with letters and signs on it, which some people believe can be used to receive messages from dead people … Dictionary of contemporary English