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[od, ohd]
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  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


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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Related Words for ods

gown, regalia, attire, garb, costume, suit, robe, dress, khaki, disintegrate, crumble, wither, cease, disappear, vanish, rot, succumb, habit, regimentals, stripes

Examples from the Web for ods

Historical Examples of ods

  • 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 or Odd

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

C20: from o (ver) d (ose)


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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odyl or odyle (ˈɒdɪl)

  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 for od

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


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