Hypnotism

Hypnotism, the process of inducing sleep by wearying out the optic nerve of the eyes, by making the patient fix them upon a certain spot for a time, generally situated where it is a little wearisome for the eyes to find it. The fatigue thus induced spreads from the ocular muscles to the system, causing deep sleep.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Hypermnestra * Hyrcania
Hyder Ali
Hyderabad
Hydra, The Lernean
Hygeia
Hymen
Hymer
Hymettus
Hypatia
Hyperboreans
Hypermnestra
Hypnotism
Hyrcania
Hyrcanus, John
Iachimo
Iachus
Iago
Iamblichus
Iambus
Iapetos
Iberia
Ibis

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Hypnotism in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable