the supposed ability of certain individuals to obtain information about the environment without the use of normal sensory channels Also called cryptaesthesia, ESP See also clairvoyance (sense 1), telepathy
extrasensory perception n.
Abbr. ESP Perception by means other than through the ordinary senses, as in telepathy, clairvoyance, or precognition.
extrasensory perception (ESP)
Knowledge or perception without the use of any of the five senses. ESP includes clairvoyance (knowledge about some distant object or event, such as an unreported accident), telepathy (reading another’s thoughts or sending one’s own to another), and precognition (predicting the future). Although many people claim to have extrasensory powers, these powers have yet to be verified by scientific procedures. (See also parapsychology and psychic research.)
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extrasolar planet (ěk’strə-sō’lər) A planet that orbits a star other than the Sun. The first such planet to be discovered, in 1991, was found orbiting a pulsar, although most of the more than 100 extrasolar planets that have since been identified orbit normal stars. Many of them, known as hot Jupiters, are very large and […]
[ek-struh-sis-tuh-lee] /ˌɛk strəˈsɪs tə li/ noun, Pathology. 1. a premature contraction of the heart, resulting in momentary interruption of the normal heartbeat. extrasystole ex·tra·sys·to·le (ěk’strə-sĭs’tə-lē) n. An ectopic, usually premature contraction of the heart, resulting in momentary cardiac arrhythmia. Also called premature systole.
[ek-struh-tuh-res-tree-uh l] /ˌɛk strə təˈrɛs tri əl/ adjective 1. outside, or originating outside, the limits of the earth. noun 2. an extraterrestrial being: a science fiction novel about extraterrestrials conquering the earth. /ˌɛkstrətɪˈrɛstrɪəl/ adjective 1. occurring or existing beyond the earth’s atmosphere noun 2. (in science fiction) a being from beyond the earth’s atmosphere adj. […]
[ek-struh-ter-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˈɛk strəˌtɛr ɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ adjective 1. beyond local jurisdiction, as the status of persons resident in a country but not subject to its laws. 2. pertaining to such persons. /ˌɛkstrəˌtɛrɪˈtɔːrɪəl/ adjective 1. beyond the limits of a country’s territory 2. of, relating to, or possessing extraterritoriality