planchette

[plan-shet, -chet]
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noun

a small, heart-shaped board supported by two casters and a pencil or stylus that, when moved across a surface by the light, unguided pressure of the fingertips, is supposed to trace meaningful patterns or written messages revealing subconscious thoughts, psychic phenomena, clairvoyant messages, etc.

Nearby words

  1. planation,
  2. plancer,
  3. planch,
  4. plancher,
  5. planchet,
  6. planck,
  7. planck constant,
  8. planck's constant,
  9. planck's law,
  10. planck's radiation law

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Origin of planchette

From French, dating back to 1855–60; see origin at planch, -ette

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British Dictionary definitions for planchette

planchette

noun

a heart-shaped board on wheels, on which messages are written under supposed spirit guidance

Word Origin for planchette

C19: from French: little board, from planche plank 1

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