noun Etymology: Middle English geomancie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin geomantia, from Late Greek geōmanteia, from Greek geō- + -manteia -mancy Date: 14th century divination by means of figures or lines or geographic features • geomancer noungeomantic adjective

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  • Geomancy — (from Greek geōmanteia < geo , earth + manteia , divination ), from the eponymous ilm al raml ( the science of sand ), is a method of divination that interprets markings on the ground, or how handfuls of soil, dirt or sand land when someone… …   Wikipedia

  • Geomancy — Ge o*man cy, n. [OE. geomance, geomancie, F. g[ e]omance, g[ e]omancie, LL. geomantia, fr. Gr. ge a, gh^, the earth + mantei a divination.] A kind of divination by means of figures or lines, formed by little dots or points, originally on the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • geomancy — art of divination by means of signs derived from the earth, late 14c., from O.Fr. géomancie, from M.L. geomantia, from late Gk. *geomanteia, from geo , comb. form of ge earth + manteia divination (see MANCY (Cf. mancy)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • geomancy — [jē′ō man΄sē] n. [ME geomancie < OFr < ML geomantia < LGr geōmanteia: see GEO & MANCY] divination by random figures formed when a handful of earth is thrown to the ground, or as by lines drawn at random geomancer n. geomantic adj …   English World dictionary

  • geomancy — noun a) A method of divination which interprets markings on the ground or how handfuls of dirt land when tossed. At a syde of pe emperour table sittez many philosophers and grete clerkez of diuerse sciencez, sum of astronomy, sum of nigromancy,… …   Wiktionary

  • geomancy — geomancer, n. geomantic, adj. /jee euh man see/, n. divination by geographic features or by figures or lines. [1325 75; ME < OF geomancie LGk geomanteía. See GEO , MANCY] * * * …   Universalium

  • geomancy — ge|o|man|cy [ˈdʒi:əˌmænsi] n [U] the belief that arranging your home, house, office etc in a particular way will bring you good or bad luck →↑feng shui …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • geomancy — divination by casting earth onto a surface Divination and Fortune Telling …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • geomancy — ge·o·man·cy || dʒɪəʊmænsɪ n. prediction of the future by studying lines and figures or geographic features …   English contemporary dictionary

  • geomancy — [ dʒi:ə(ʊ)mansi] noun 1》 the art of siting buildings auspiciously. 2》 divination from the configuration of a handful of earth or random dots. Derivatives geomantic adjective …   English new terms dictionary

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