: relating to or involving a feeling of separation from one's body and of being able to view oneself and others from an external perspective
an out-of-body experience

Examples of out-of-body in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were moments that were almost like an out-of-body experience or a psychedelic trip. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2024 Now, scientists have pinned down a part of the brain that may be going haywire during out-of-body experiences. Victoria Sayo Turner, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 July 2023 Not long ago, Lizzie No had an out-of-body experience while listening to Gillian Welch. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2024 Swimming through the cave is akin to an out-of-body experience, even when other excitable visitors are bobbing around you. Rachel Howard, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Feb. 2024 The guilt was peculiar — detached and almost out-of-body. Bishop Sand, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2024 Stumbling out of bed feels like an out-of-body experience. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 17 Nov. 2023 Evaluating Out-of-Body Experiences The AWARE study evaluated patients’ descriptions of NDEs using objective markers, such as verifying out-of-body experiences. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 2 Nov. 2023 Groups of individuals with vestibular conditions, such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), are more likely to experience out-of-body experiences. Conor Feehly, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of out-of-body was in 1968

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Cite this Entry

“Out-of-body.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out-of-body. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

out-of-body

adjective
: relating to or involving a feeling of separation from one's body and of being able to view oneself and others from an external perspective
an out-of-body experience
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