- the practice of staring into a crystal ball, as by a fortuneteller, to see distant happenings, future events, etc.
- speculation about the future.
Origin of crystal gazing
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for crystal gazing
Crystal-gazing, for keeping children quiet,—nothing beats it!Pirate Gold
Frederic Jesup Stimson
The Greeks had a variety of methods of divination by crystal-gazing.Telepathy and the Subliminal Self
R. Osgood Mason
This is especially noticeable in crystal-gazing experiments.Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death
Frederick W. H. Myers
What could smack more of magic and fraud than crystal-gazing?
Forms of crystal-gazing, it is well known, are found among savages.Cock Lane and Common-Sense
- the act of staring into a crystal globe (crystal ball) supposedly in order to arouse visual perceptions of the future, etc
- the act of trying to predict something
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