The art of producing trance-sleep, or hypnosis; or the state
of being hypnotised. (Greek, hupnos, sleep.)
“The method, discovered by Mr. Braid, of prod ucing this state ...
appropriately designated ... hypnotism, consists in the maintenance of
a fixed gaze for several minutes ... on a bright object placed somewhat
above [the line of sight], at so short a distance [as to produce
pain].” —Carpenter: Principles of Mental Physiology, book ii.
chap. i. p. 65.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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