Definition of out-of-body experience in US English:

out-of-body experience


  • A sensation of being outside one's own body, typically of floating and being able to observe oneself from a distance.

    • ‘People will feel a sense of presence in the room (like God, angels or aliens), or have an out-of-body experience (like a near-death experience).’
    • ‘That's where I kind of had an out-of-body experience.’
    • ‘If near-death experiences and out-of-body experiences don't come from the brain, where is consciousness based?’
    • ‘Specifically, they address ESP experiences, out-of-body experiences, and apparitions.’
    • ‘This book covers parapsychology, out-of-body experiences, ghosts, near-death experiences, UFOs, creationism, and astrology.’
    • ‘Years later she read a book that explained the out-of-body experience is caused by something that is beyond the body's ability to handle.’
    • ‘It is not an out-of-body experience but rather its opposite: a saturation of sensations.’
    • ‘People can have out-of-body experiences in near-death situations.’
    • ‘Unless one supposes that souls are knocked loose by drugs, only to wander back once the drugs wear off, such experiments suggest that out-of-body experiences are illusory, even when triggered in the brains of dying people.’
    • ‘A few years back, when my mind was in this state, I'd experience lucid dreaming and have out-of-body experiences.’
    • ‘In fact academics at the University of Virginia found that an out-of-body experience is a normal psychological response to an intensely stressful ordeal.’
    • ‘Afterwards, as she would wake up every morning and see her name above the fold in some of the nation's papers of record, she began to refer to it as an out-of-body experience.’
    • ‘Perhaps this explains why so many people from different backgrounds report similar sensations with out-of-body experiences.’
    • ‘I feel a little woozy, not from any drug that's been administered but from the out-of-body experience of looking deep within my own body.’
    • ‘It was like an out-of-body experience I was having.’
    • ‘He talked about the out-of-body experience of combat.’
    • ‘The indignities, the frustrations, the doubts, the coffee breaks: His fictionalized thrashings-about are so hilarious that they gave me an out-of-body experience.’
    • ‘It causes out-of-body experiences or catalepsy, when people are unable to move, sometimes for up to 12 hours.’
    • ‘Many people believe that the mind can leave the body at death and during out-of-body experiences.’
    • ‘The finding is the result of diagnostic research in which out-of-body experiences and other illusions about a patient's body were induced when a specific site of her brain was electrically stimulated.’


out-of-body experience

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