1. the movement of a table attributed by spiritualists to the power of spirits working through a group of persons placing their hands or fingers on the table top

  2. often derogatory spiritualism in general

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How to use table-turning in a sentence

  • That we have to do with a fluid, properly so called, in the phenomena of table turning and lifting I cannot absolutely affirm.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces | Camille Flammarion
  • Shocked at Bouvard's scepticism, he invited the two friends to an evening party at table-turning.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet | Gustave Flaubert
  • Catching sight of Violet standing in front of her toilet-table turning over a box of ribbons, "Oh, how beautiful you are!"

    Grandmother Elsie | Martha Finley
  • Fergus Derrick was sitting at a table turning over a book of engravings.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • True, they joined in the table-turning, but they relished the absurd ineptitudes, the indecent conversation of the mocking spirit.

    The Hidden Force | Louis Couperus