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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


or od·yle

[od-il, oh-dil]
  1. od.
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Origin of odyl

1840–50; od + -yl < Greek hȳ́lē matter; see -yl
Related formso·dyl·ic [oh-dil-ik] /oʊˈdɪl ɪk/, adjectiveod·yl·ism, nounod·yl·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for odyle

Historical Examples

  • The manifestation of Odyle is accompanied by a light too faint for healthy vision, but perceptible at night by "sensitives."

    The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 3, March, 1852


  • This Odyle, then, is particularly potent in the quartz or beryl, when brought into activity by the intention of the seer.

  • This odyle is particularly potent in certain bodies and one of these is the beryl or quartz.

    Second Sight


  • Fill it as full of electricity, magnetism and odyle as you please; do these afford any reason for its very extraordinary conduct?

  • Odyle is generated, among other things, by heat and by chemical action.

British Dictionary definitions for odyle


'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

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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  1. other words for od
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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

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


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