ectoplasm ectoplasm

Definition(s):

  1. (n) (spiritualism) a substance supposed to emanate from the body of the medium during a trance
  2. (n) the outer granule-free layer of cytoplasm

Usage(s):

  1. When it vanished the ectoplasm oozed slowly back into Margery's body.
  2. For all the apparent ectoplasm floating about it, the Old House of Fear is haunted not by ghosts but by the shadow of the welfare state.
  3. He is just about to propose marriage when his attractive bundle of ectoplasm rushes off to relive her original doom: death by drowning in a New England hurricane.

News

  • History, and character, is served

    With respect to Ralph Ellison, Forest Whitaker plays an invisible man in the new movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Not a Hollywood ectoplasm, but a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fibers and liquids. Nevertheless, his character, Cecil Gaines, White House butler to seven presidents, remains invisible. Not because, as a black man in pre-Civil Rights Washington, people refuse to see him, but ...
    on August 14, 2013     Source: Chicago Tribune

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