Definition of table-turning in English:



  • [mass noun] A process or phenomenon in which a table is turned or moved supposedly by spiritual agency acting through a group of people who have placed their hands on its surface.

    • ‘He used this principle of expectant attention to account for the phenomena of dowsing, movements of the exploring pendulum, and the then current fad among spiritualists, table-turning.’
    • ‘Table-turning was even more successful in France, with its tradition of mesmerism and animal magnetism.’