Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An artificially induced altered state of consciousness, characterized by heightened suggestibility and receptivity to direction.
  • n. Hypnotism.
  • n. A sleeplike condition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a trancelike state, artificially induced, in which a person has a heightened suggestibility, and in which suppressed memories may be experienced
  • n. the art or skill of hypnotism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Supervention of sleep.
  • n. The condition of being hypnotized or the process of hypnotizing a person; hypnotism{1}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The production of sleep.
  • n. The hypnotic state; hypnotism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state that resembles sleep but that is induced by suggestion

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek ὕπνος (hupnos, "sleep") + -osis. (Wiktionary)

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