plan·​chette | \ plan-ˈshet How to pronounce planchette (audio) \

Definition of planchette

: a small triangular or heart-shaped board supported on casters at two points and a vertical pencil at a third and believed to produce automatic writing when lightly touched by the fingers also : a similar board without a pencil

Examples of planchette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Owned by Rick Schreck, a tattoo artist and the Vice President of the Talking Board Historical Society (TBHS), OuijaZilla is completely functional and outfitted with a planchette that weighs around 400 pounds. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Salem Is Now Home To the World's Largest Ouija Board," 16 Oct. 2019 Ouija boards aren't foolproof and, yes, people often — whether consciously or unconsciously — move the planchette. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Communicating With Spirits on the Other Side," 19 June 2018 At first Hutchings was on the board with Curran, then others began taking a turn at the planchette. Joy Lanzendorfer, Longreads, "Ghost Writer: The Story of Patience Worth, the Posthumous Author," 14 June 2018 The playful, interactive Ouija 2000 allows visitors to the site to control the planchette of a real Ouija board via remote, by moving their computer’s mouse, while watching a live feed of the board onscreen. Reena Jana, WIRED, "Whitney Speaks: It Is Art," 23 Mar. 2000

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First Known Use of planchette

1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for planchette

French, from Old French, diminutive of planche plank, from Latin planca

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“Planchette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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