Definitions for palmistryˈpɑ mə stri
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
palm•is•tryˈpɑ mə stri(n.)
the art or practice of telling fortunes and interpreting character from the lines and configurations on the palm of a person's hand.
Origin of palmistry:
1375–1425; late ME pawmestry=pawmepalm1+-stry (appar. -stre -ster+ -y -y3)
palmistry, palm reading, chiromancy, chirology(noun)
telling fortunes by lines on the palm of the hand
Telling fortunes from the lines on the palms of the hand; chiromancy
Origin: From palmestrie, from .
the art or practice of divining or telling fortunes, or of judging of character, by the lines and marks in the palm of the hand; chiromancy
a dexterous use or trick of the hand
Palmistry or chiromancy, is the art of characterization and foretelling the future through the study of the palm, also known as palm reading, or chirology. The practice is found all over the world, with numerous cultural variations. Those who practice chiromancy are generally called palmists, palm readers, hand readers, hand analysts, or chirologists. The information outlined below is briefly representative of modern palmistry; there are many ― often conflicting ― interpretations of various lines and palmar features across various schools of palmistry. These contradictions between different interpretations, as well as the lack of empirical support for palmistry's predictions, contribute to palmistry's perception as a pseudoscience among academics.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the art of reading character from the lines and marks on the palm of the hand, according to which some pretend to read fortunes as well.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A plausible excuse for holding hands.
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