from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- interj. Archaic Used as a mild oath.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An alleged force or natural power, supposed, by Reichenbach and others, to produce the phenomena of mesmerism, and to be developed by various agencies, as by magnets, heat, light, chemical or vital action, etc.; -- called also odyle or the odylic force.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete spelling of odd.
- A simplified spelling of odd.
- n. A reduction of the name of God used in minced oaths; also used interjectionally as a minced oath. Sometimes 'Od. Also Odd.
- n. A hypothetical force supposed by Reichenbach to have been discovered by him in connection with vital and magnetic phenomena.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a doctor's degree in optometry
- n. the right eye
- v. dose too heavily
[Footnote 23: I had written, announcing the word Od-jib-wa to be the true Indian pronunciation, and recommending its adoption.]
It is believed that all bodies convey, or are the vehicles of, a certain universal magnetic property, variously called Od, Odyle, etc., which is regarded as an inert and passive substance underlying the more active forces familiar to us in kinetic, calorific, and electrical phenomena.
"'Od's life, he has bought one of his Lordship's own manors -- as good an estate as there is in the province."
'Od's life, he looks hunted, and cursed near brought to earth.
"'Od's life, Richard!" cried Charles, "he has a Jew nose; by all the seven tribes I bid you 'ware of him."
"'Od's, you may thank your own devilish thick head," said my Lord Comyn.
'Od's bodikins, man, you speak as if this paltry sum were all the wealth of the Indies.
'Od's pitlikins, man, how did you come here? 'asked Sir Gervas, poking me with his forefinger as though to see if I were really of flesh and blood.
'Od's bud, man, you have lived two centuries too late.
'Od's fish! 'cried Sir Gervas, as I folded up the letter,' I have heard