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[od, ohd]
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noun
  1. a hypothetical force formerly held to pervade all nature and to manifest itself in magnetism, mesmerism, chemical action, etc.
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Also odyl, odyle.

Origin of od

First recorded in 1840–50; arbitrary name coined by Karl von Reichenbach (1788–1869), German scientist

OD

[oh-dee]
noun, plural ODs or OD's.
  1. an overdose of a drug, especially a fatal one.
  2. a person who has taken an overdose of a drug, especially one who has become seriously ill or has died from such an overdose.
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verb (used without object), OD'd or ODed or OD'ed, OD'ing or OD·ing.
  1. to take an overdose of a drug.
  2. to die from an an overdose of a drug.
  3. to have or experience an excessive amount or degree of something.
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Origin of OD

First recorded in 1955–60
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Examples from the Web for ods

Historical Examples

  • Ods bobs I have done so my self, and hope I shall do so still.

    The City Bride (1696)

    Joseph Harris

  • Ods bobs, thou wert an honest Thief, for that I faith he was.

  • Truly, I thought there had been one number more, because they say, Ods nouns.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor

    William Shakespeare

  • Ods fish, I do not think a bad man would have slept so well.

    Devereux, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Ods bobs, but I began to think you was ashamed of your relations.

    Sheppard Lee, Vol. I (of 2)

    Robert Montgomery Bird


British Dictionary definitions for ods

Od

'Od or Odd

noun
  1. euphemistic (used in mild oaths) an archaic word for God
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OD1

noun
  1. an overdose of a drug
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verb OD's, OD'ing or OD'd
  1. (intr) to take an overdose of a drug
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Word Origin

C20: from o (ver) d (ose)

OD2

abbreviation for
  1. Officer of the Day
  2. Old Dutch
  3. ordnance datum
  4. outside diameter
  5. Also: o.d. military olive drab
  6. Also: O/D banking
    1. on demand
    2. overdraft
    3. overdrawn
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od

odyl or odyle (ˈɒdɪl)

noun
  1. archaic a hypothetical force formerly thought to be responsible for many natural phenomena, such as magnetism, light, and hypnotism
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Derived Formsodic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: coined arbitrarily by Baron Karl von Reichenbach (1788–1869), German scientist
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ods in Medicine

OD

abbr.
  1. Doctor of Optometry
  2. oculus dexter (right eye)
  3. overdose
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