- a form of communication between living persons and the spirits of deceased persons by tapping out messages on a table, board, or the like.
Origin of spirit rapping
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for spirit rapping
Nothing was talked of but table-tippings and spirit-rapping and "appearances."The Little Colonel at Boarding-School
Annie Fellows Johnston
I fancy that is just what those who believe in spirit-rapping would say.The Portent and Other Stories
Mrs. —— has gone stark mad—and stark naked—on the spirit-rapping imposition.The Letters of Charles Dickens
What, we may ask, do those who hold in their hands a perfect revelation from God want of table-turning and spirit-rapping?
Some of our readers may object to our classing mesmerism with spirit-rapping and table-turning.