from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A supposed undulation of a hypothetical medium of thought-transference, assumed to account for the phenomena of telepathy.


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  • When we first learned to communicate with each other, you told me that my thought-wave pattern was different from that of your race, which was natural enough, as you finally realized.

    Natives of Space Clement, Hal 1965

  • As he had mentioned to Boss, he had managed to disentangle the cerebral radiations corresponding to a few simple line patterns, as received by the human eyes and symbolized in the brain; and he received, coincidentally with the vocal sounds, a thought-wave which he could translate easily into a series of just such patterns.

    Natives of Space Clement, Hal 1965

  • "They are welcome," came the thought-wave of one of the Engineers.

    The Cosmic Engineer Simak, Clifford D. 1950

  • They halted before a massive door and the Engineer sounded a high-pitched thought-wave that beat fantastically against their minds.

    The Cosmic Engineer Simak, Clifford D. 1950

  • So he had to devise an instrument that would act, in a sense, like a mirror and respond -- not to the broadcast thought-wave -- he says that is impossible, because of confusion -- but to the reaction set up in the brain of the recipient.

    Jimgrim Mundy, Talbot, 1879-1940 1931

  • A so-called dynamic man is merely one adjusted by temperament or training to a certain sort of thought-wave, or energy-wave, or whatever you like to call it.

    Jimgrim Mundy, Talbot, 1879-1940 1931

  • And even if that whole year resulted in nothing more than a "Skylark," or a "Rabbi Ben Ezra," or a "Crossing the Bar" -- could one possibly consider such a result in the same thought-wave with dollars and cents?

    The Joyful Heart Robert Haven Schauffler 1921

  • Robert, still under the influence of her thought-wave, solemnly drove her from the scene.

    Fran 1913

  • _) -- The Theosophists talk mistily about "the concentration of mind-force on a thought-wave" -- which seems only another way of saying that such minds are, at the time, "quite at sea."

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 101, October 10, 1891 Various

  • And by ze thought-wave will I tell it, letter by letter. "

    The Young Railroaders Tales of Adventure and Ingenuity Francis Lovell Coombs


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