Old English–1600s mynd
, Middle English maind
, Middle English maynde
, Middle English meend
, Middle English meende
, Middle English mend
, Middle English mende
, Middle English meynde
, Middle English muinde
, Middle English mund
, Middle English munde
, Middle English muynde
, Middle English myynde
, Middle English–1500s miende
, Middle English–1500s myende
, Middle English–1600s minde
, Middle English–1600s (1700s– archaic
, Middle English– mind
, 1500s miend
, 1500s myn-
(in compounds), 1500s myndd
, 1500s myndde
, 1500s myne
(perhaps transmission error), 1500s–1600s myend
; English regional
) 1700s meend
, 1800s– maynd
), 1800s– meynd
; U.S. regional
, 1800s– mine
, 1900s– min
, pre-1700 maynde
, pre-1700 meand
, pre-1700 meinde
, pre-1700 mend
, pre-1700 miend
, pre-1700 minde
, pre-1700 myend
, pre-1700 myn
, pre-1700 1700s– mind
, pre-1700 1700s– mynd
, pre-1700 1800s mynde
, pre-1700 1800s– myne
, 1700s– min'
; Irish English
, 1900s– mind
, 1900s– mine
. (Show Less)
Origin: A variant or alteration of another lexical item. Etymon:
In Old English the compound gemynd
(see ) is more commonly attested, and antedates several of the senses below.
The development of sense
is not easily explained, but compare sense .
Senses relating to memory.
The state of being remembered; remembrance, recollection. Chiefly in phrases.
a1200 MS Trin. Cambr. in R. Morris
2nd Ser. 209
Listeð nu..and undernimeð hit on heorte, and habbeð hit on minde.
c1300 St. Francis
460 in C. Horstmann
Huy hadden in muynde hou muche he was anoured er of foules.
Ȝo wolde þat ire name were eueremo in munde.
a1387 J. Trevisa tr. R. Higden
(St. John's Cambr.)
He dede oon dede þat is worþy to be kepte in mynde [v.r. munde].
c1390 G. Chaucer 1127
In the olde Romayn gestes may men fynde Maurices lyf; I bere it noght in mynde.
a1393 J. Gower
The whos knyhtnode is yit in mende, And schal be to the worldes ende.
In mynde shal ȝe holde þis day.
1431 in H. Littlehales
Also haue in mende of ij chales.
?a1513 W. Dunbar
Als lang in mynd my work sall hald..As ony of thair werkis all.
1550 R. Crowley sig. Dvi
The Lorde wyll haue all theyr iuell doynges in mynde.
c1595 Countess of Pembroke Psalme cxv. 27 in
Iehouah..us in mind doth beare.
1612 W. Colson Art Arith. in G gg 4
Which maketh 17. pence, I write 7. in a place further towards the right hand, and keepe 1. in minde.
1656 T. Willsford 33
4 times 5 is 20, for which subscribe a cypher, and keep 2 decimalls in minde;..then say 4 times 3 is 12, and 2 in minde is 14.
1675 J. Bunyan 35
This their stumble might arise..From their own not observing and keeping in mind the Alarum that God gave them at his Birth.
1780 T. Jefferson Corr. in
I retain in mind, and recur, almost daily, to your requisitions of August.
1827 B. Disraeli IV. vi. v. 172
Bearing in mind the exact position..in which I stand.
1881 G. M. Craik I. vii. 154
Will you keep in mind that we have got to be better friends?
1895 Sir A. Kekewich in 73 662/2
Keeping that fact in mind.
1939 A. Clarke
It is hard to hold The difference in mind.
1975 Sept. 9/2
Works that purport to present accurate linguistic facts about the Celtic role in English would do well to keep this in mind.
1987 R. Ellmann v. 102
Wilde was veering away from his former devoutness, but bore in mind that his examiners were probably in orders.
a1275 Body & Soul
(Trin. Cambr. B.14.39)
in C. Brown
Nou is mon hol & soint & huvel him comit in mund.
c1385 G. Chaucer 1402
It ran hym in his mynde That, sith his face was so disfigured..He myghte wel..Lyue in Atthenes eueremoore vnknowe.
B. xi. 49 (MED)
Coueytyse-of-eyes cam ofter in mynde Þan dowel or dobet amonge my dedes alle.
I. l. 629 (MED)
Thanne cam jt jn hire mynde anon that the enemy hire hadde ouergon.
St. Thomas Apostle 248 in W. M. Metcalfe
Þane rane hym in mynde in hy þat he vald firste quyke þam fla.
Þou ssalt vor þin vnkundhede be out of al min munde.
Kyng Robert lafte out of mynde.
a1393 J. Gower
ii. 2226 (MED)
Whanne he stod on dreie ground..He sette his trowthe al out of mynde.
c1395 G. Chaucer 2390
Now dame..lat al passe out of mynde.
Þi dede shal neuer of mynde go.
c1450 Art Nombryng in R. Steele
Lest any thynge sholde be ouer-hippede and sette out of mynde.
a1500 tr. Thomas à Kempis
Whan man is oute of siȝt, sone he passiþ oute of mynde.
a1525 Crying ane Playe 89 in W. A. Craigie
Ane thousand ȝere Is past fra mynd Sen I was generit of his kynd.
1545 R. Taverner tr. Erasmus
Oure Englyshe prouerbe..Out of syght, out of mynde.
1557 Earl of Surrey et al. sig. Dd.iv
As the watry showers delay the raging winde, So doth good hope clene put away dispayre out of my minde.
a1605 T. Hoccleve Complaint
Forgeten I was, all owte of mynde a-way.
1662 in R. W. Ambler et al.
Old hay... Corne upon the ground... Not seen and out of mind 6[d].
1700 J. Dryden tr. G. Boccaccio Sigismonda & Guiscardo in 128
The Cavern-mouth alone was hard to find, Because the Path disus'd was out of mind.
1704 M. Henry 16
Though they are out of sight they are not out of Mind.
1722 D. Defoe 358
The good Man having made a very Christian Exhortation to me, not to let the Joy of my Reprieve, put the Remembrance of my past Sorrow out of my Mind.
1816 W. Scott III. viii. 175
If they steek me up here, my friends are like eneugh to forget me—out o' sight out o' mind is a true proverb.
1819 W. Scott III. iii. 87
But what now, Isaac? art dead? art stupefied? hath the payment of a thousand crowns put thy daughter's peril out of thy mind?
1878 H. James vi. 112
Dear Roger, I have been extremely vexed and uneasy. I have fancied you were ill, or, worse,—that out of sight is out of mind.
1915 C. P. Gilman Herland in June 154/2
When a woman chose to be a mother, she allowed the child-longing to grow within her... When she did not so choose she put the whole thing out of her mind.
1960 H. Lee
ii. xxv. 243
He was not out of mind: I missed him.
1987 G. Keillor
When he left five children and a wife in the middle of the night..he was put out of mind and his name disappeared.
1991 25 Nov. 72/1
Many Americans found it easy to put AIDS out of mind.
1343 in J. C. Atkinson
I. 230 (MED)
Of whilk rent ceruice..the aforsayd Abbote and Couent..war seysid of tyme of whilk no mynd es.
Parl. Apr. 1425 §12. m. 2
Beyng erles, of tyme þat no mynde is þe contrarie.
1455 Petition in
The olde liberte..enjoyed fro the tyme that no mynde is.
1516 in I. S. Leadam
Liberties..vsed the tyme wherof mannys mynde is not to the contrarie.
1528–30 tr. T. Littleton
By tytle of prescrypcyon, that is to say, fro tyme whereof is no mynde.
Prescription is when a man claimeth any thing, for that he, his ancestors, or predecessors,..have had, or used any thing all the time, whereof no mind is to the contrary.
1387–8 Petition London Mercers in R. W. Chambers & M. Daunt
As out of mynde hath be vsed.
1416 in H. M. Flasdieck
Wyche tenementes..ever haue be owte of myende.
1432 Petition in
IV. 417/1 (MED)
Tyme oute of mynde..there were wont many diverse Shippes..to come..yn to the saide Havenes.
a1475 in A. Clark
i. 70 (MED)
All his successours bin bounde fro time oute of minde for j yerdelonde.
Þat blysse ffor to restore Whiche hath be lost fro oute of mende.
c1523 J. Rastell tr. sig. A.iiiv
Ye tenure in villenage shal make no fre man villeyn if it be not contynued syth tyme out of mynd.
Ther haue ben Chirchewardens..tyme out of mynde electyff yerely.
1567 W. Painter II. xxiii. f. 193
My..slepinge body vnder toumbe, shall dreame time out of minde.
1599 W. Shakespeare i. iv. 70
Grub, time out a mind, the Fairies Coatchmakers.
1623 T. Scott 12
To follow that faith which his forefathers professed time out of minde.
Time out of mind, the French have been distinguish'd into Langue d'Ouy, and Langue d'Oc.
1766 J. Cunningham 144
Since time out of mind..Both [actors and Jews] lawless, alike, have been sentenc'd to wander.
a1849 J. Keegan
From time out of mind, this parish has been famous for its dances.
1898 G. W. E. Russell xxii. 292
A favourite theme of satirists time out of mind.
1923 G. C. Williamson xvi. 244
In 1605 a charter of King James admitted that the City for time out of mind had exercised the conservation of the Thames.
1961 28 July 11/4
Has it [sc. the tune ‘Chopsticks’] been handed on since time out of mind by generations of elder brothers and sisters on wet afternoons?
31 May (Weekend section) 55
Her commentary..has been convulsing her descendants for 135 years. That it will continue to do so for time out of mind is partly because of [etc.].
2007 S. Sohmer iii. 34
Shakespeare's time-setting for Hamlet..has vexed commentators time out of mind.
1414 Petition in
By old tyme and sithe tyme of mynde.
1471 in J. Raine
The said celle and barony..wherof we and our praedecessourȝ have been peaseably possessid from tyme of mynde afor the said intrusion.
1504 in I. S. Leadam
A greet Brigge..which all weyes withoute tyme of mynde hath be made..at there expens.
1515 in I. S. Leadam
Bying and sellyng frely within tyme of mynd.
c1523 J. Rastell tr. sig. Aiiv
Where you or your auncetours haue hold of me and myn auncetors after the tyme of no mynd.
in N. J. Byrne
The nonpaying..during tyme of noo mynde.
1527 in I. S. Leadam
So hath been oute of tyme of mynd.
1530 J. Palsgrave 591/1
This countray is nothyng so well inhabyted as it hath ben within tyme of mynde.
1553 in I. S. Leadam
Whether it grewe first..before tyme of mynde had.
1694 W. B. iv. 83
If the Plaintiff give in Evidence a Deed within time of Mind, the Defendant may Demur upon the Evidence.
1730 W. Bohun iv. 208
A Modus cannot begin at this Day, or within Time of Mind.
c1390 W. Hilton
Ȝif þou be stured to pruide..bring to þi muynde þe mekenes of vre lord Iesu.
a1398 J. Trevisa tr. Bartholomaeus Anglicus
He bringeþ oure synnes to mynde, þat we schame þerof.
1427 IV. 326/2
We Lordes..calle to mynde howe yat in ye first Parlement [etc.].
J. Lydgate Life SS. Edmund & Fremund
381 in C. Horstmann
2nd Ser. 420 (MED)
The olde serpent..Brouht onto mynde his stat, his regalye Off tyme passid.
A, lorde! now I brynge to mynde My horryble synnys and myn offens.
1509 S. Hawes
Be not to pensyfe; call to mynde agayne How of one sorowe ye do now make twayne.
a1593 C. Marlowe
But when I call to minde I am a king, Me thinkes I should reuenge me of the wronges, That Mortimer and Isabel haue done.
a1605 R. Bannatyne
Calling to mynd our former defectione.
1651 T. Hobbes i. iv. 13
Wheras a Proper Name bringeth to mind one thing onely; Universals recall any one of those many.
1697 J. Dryden tr. Virgil Pastorals ix, in tr. Virgil 43
These, and more than I to mind can bring.
1742 H. Fielding I. ii. xi. 243
Upon which Adams presently calling him to mind, answered in a Rapture, ‘O Squire, are you there?’
1796 R. Burns Auld Lang Syne i, in J. Johnson V. 426
Should auld acquaintance be forgot And never brought to mind?
1816 J. Austen I. xii. 225
I should not attempt it..but if you call to mind exactly the present line of the path.
1863 C. Dickens Uncommerc. Traveller in 18 July 495/1
Calling these things to mind as I stroll among the Banks.
1886 R. L. Stevenson ix. 81
I cannae bring to mind the name of your landed estate, and so will make so bold as to call you David.
1915 C. P. Gilman Herland in Oct. 267/2
I began to try to recall some text that did say so, and could not bring it to mind.
1937 Apr. 116/4
The end of the room opposite the bar has a white wood dado which calls to mind in the nautical surroundings, the ship's rail.
1991 5 438
It is certainly not the Vitruvian Man such descriptions call to mind.
That canne remembraunce put [MS but] hym in mynde In wat pleyte he ys broȝthte ynne.
1530 J. Palsgrave 674/2
Within this syxe dayes I wyll put hym in mynde of his promesse.
1549 W. Paget in J. Strype
We thought best to put you in mind of the confirmation and revisitation of the treaty.
1587 A. Fleming et al.
III. Contin. 1353/1
To put vs in mind how we violate the sabboth daie.
1607 S. Hieron 46
I might put him in mind, that some learned men observe Mathew not to alleadge that testimony; but to report storie wise, how the Scribes did alleadge it to Herod.
1665 T. Herbert
This being in Asia puts me in mind, That no part of the world is so subject to earthquakes as Asia is.
1712 J. Swift 30 Jan.
Stella used to do such tricks formerly; he put me in mind of her.
1750 J. Mayhew 52
And while I am speaking of loyalty to our earthly Prince, suffer me just to put you in mind to be loyal also to the supreme ruler of the universe.
1758 G. G. Beekman Let. 23 Nov. in
If it is not done soon Please to put him in mind of it.
1786 H. Mackenzie No. 89. ⁋10
Putting him in mind where the toast stood.
1839 G. P. R. James I. xii. 285
Pray..put my young friend, Ralph, in mind, that he promised me a visit this afternoon.
1853 E. Bulwer-Lytton I. iii. xxix. 269
You put me in mind of an old story.
1853 E. Bulwer-Lytton II. v. ii. 11
Jarvis, put me in mind to have these inexpressibles altered.
1901 M. Franklin iii. 16
It puts me in mind ev the time wen the black fellers made the gins do all the work.
1952 C. MacKenzie iv. 51
They put him in mind of a hayrake they were so long and so fierce.
1987 L. Goldman xii. 56
William didn't have much use for other folks' opinions. He puts me in mind of my mother that way.
a1325 St. Anastasia
114 in C. D'Evelyn & A. J. Mill
For me neseiþ bote a munde of hure atte middel masse.
a1387 J. Trevisa tr. R. Higden
(St. John's Cambr.)
VII. 315 (MED)
William the Rede..took his fader tresorie, and ȝaf moche for his fader mynde [v.r. munde; L. memoria].
1418 in F. J. Furnivall
To..holde my Mynde euery ȝere duryng vij ȝere next folwyng after my desese.
That xx s. be yeve..for holding of the mendys.
1486 in H. Littlehales
In due fourme as to a yerely mynde perteyneth.
1526 in J. Strutt
For yerely obytes, and yerelye myndes.
1545–6 R. Field Will in R. Plomer
Item I wyll there shalbe done for me at the daye of my buryall dyryge & x masses and at my mynde dyryge and five masses and at my yearsmynde other fyve masses.
1649 Bp. J. Taylor iii. 112
In the monethly minds and anniversary commemorations.
1660 Bp. J. Taylor I. ii. ii. 361
Upon the Anniversary, or the monethly, or weekly minds.
Senses relating to thought.
In uses expressing the action of thinking or the occurrence of a thought, idea, or intuition.
He had of men out of mynde many mayn hundreth.
a1470 T. Malory
(Winch. Coll. 13)
She wepte and made grete sorow oute of mynde.
Play Sacrament l. 79 in N. Davis
There myght ys withouton mynd to mene.
1579 S. Gosson f. 19v
He feared yt he should rather put men in mind to committ such offences.
1609 I. Gen. xl. 14
Doe me this mercie: to put Pharao in mind that he take me out of this prison.
1860 N. Hawthorne I. xxiii. 250
She saw Hilda's tower rising before her, and was put in mind to climb up to the young girl's eyrie, and ask why she had broken her engagement at the church of the Capuchins.
1990 C. R. Johnson
Really, when he talked like that, with a wink in his voice, it put me in a mind to clobber him.
In uses primarily expressing intention or wish.
?1503–5 H. Watson tr.
I am redy and apparaylled to fulfyll your mynde & obeye to your commanndementes.
1509 S. Hawes
Longynge ryght sore my mynde to fulfyll.
1530 J. Palsgrave 499/1
It shall coste me a fall, but I wyll have my mynde.
1530 J. Palsgrave 865/1
For my myndes sake, pour satisfaire a ma phantasie.
1561 F. Coxe sig. Aviijv
Then doeth he fulfill the mynd of the exsorcist, for oneles he hath it, he will neither doe, neither speake any thinge.
1598 F. Rous ii. sig. N 2v
And she as women wont will haue her minde.
1614 W. Raleigh i. v. iv. §1. 585
This war he vndertooke as it were for his mindes sake: hauing receiued no iniurie.
1671 H. M. tr. Erasmus 82
Because I see that thou dost so earnestly desire it, I will fulfil thy mind as well as I can.
1675 W. Dugdale I. 320/1
He..ordained, that..his Fathers mind should therein be fulfilled: and added five more Secular Priests in the stead of five Monks which had wont to be there.
1523–4 in H. Littlehales
Paid to the Orgon maker by þe mynde of Mr person for mendyng the Orgons, iij s iiij d.
1618 in J. Barmby
Item more they receyved which was given by William Ord, and lent to fower poore folk according to his minde, xl s.
1530 J. Palsgrave 428/1
I am of dyverse myndes, je me varie... I wolde be glad to deale with hym, but the man is of so dyverse myndes that there is no holde at hym.
1674 tr. N. Machiavelli ii. 29
The people were in many minds, some would needs fight as a thing that must one day be done, and therefore it was better to do it now.
1738 J. Swift 55
You'll never be mad, you are of so many Minds.
1751 R. Paltock I. xxi. 203
I was in twenty Minds whether to take her first, and then catch the Chickens, or to let her go off, and then clap upon them.
1850 C. Dickens xxv. 257
This missive (which I was in twenty minds at once about recalling, as soon as it was out of my hands).
1850 C. Dickens xli. 417
I was in several minds how to dress myself on the important day.
1853 C. Dickens II. xxii. 171
Jack [Cade]..was in two minds about fighting or accepting a pardon.
1881 E. D. Brickwood in XII. 197/2
However bold the horse may be, he will soon refuse water if his rider be perpetually in two minds when approaching a brook.
1910 J. London Wit of Porportuk in 238
When I came among you..I was of one mind. As I listened..I was of many minds. Now am I of one mind again.
1922 J. Joyce ii. xii. [Cyclops] 280
I'm on two minds not to give that fellow in charge for obstructing the thoroughfare with his brooms and ladders.
1952 M. Laski i. 13
I was in two minds whether to come or not.
1989 June 45/3
He considered the whole thing odd in the extreme and in fact was of two minds whether to believe me or not.
13 Feb. 24
The Labour Party has long been of two minds about devolution.
1658 H. Crompton 46
Surely these knowing times and you scarce find A man that rightly knoweth his own mind.
1697 J. Vanbrugh iii. 47
Is it then so hard a Matter to decide? I thought all people had been acquainted with their own Bodies, though few People know their own minds.
1745 E. Haywood I. 14
I cannot approve of hasty Marriages, or before Persons are of sufficient Years to be supposed capable of knowing their own Minds.
1778 A. Murphy
Know your own Mind.
1823 W. Scott I. xii. 270
The report..that the young Earl of Etherington..intended to pass an hour, or a day, or a week, as it might happen, (for his lordship could not be supposed to know his own mind,) at St Ronan's Well.
1864 Ld. Tennyson Enoch Arden in 26
And others laugh'd at her and Philip too, As simple folk that knew not their own minds.
It is to be hoped he knows his own mind this time, and does not intend chopping and changing about again.
1922 J. Joyce iii. xvi. [Eumaeus] 609
Pretending to understand everything,..and in reality not knowing their own minds.
1935 10 Apr. 399/2
Say, she knew her own mind, did that Jane. A regular humdinger of a dame.
1991 Summer 29/3
By combining representative feedback with an informative documentary..a community can know its own mind with a high degree of accuracy on the key issues of the day.
11. to have a mind phr.
a1400 in T. Wright & J. O. Halliwell
For the greet mynde that he hath to done his maystris wille.
a1563 J. Bale
I haue a great mynd to be a lecherovs man.
1639 J. Shirley iii. sig. D3v
Harke you Mounsieur, this gentleman has a great Minde to learne to dance.
?c1663 B. Whitelocke
Wh[itelocke] was importuned by his daughter Pryce..to come into Wales this Summer, & he had a good minde to it.
1666 Bp. S. Parker
And now I have a mind to set up for a Maker of Hypotheses.
1704 III. xiii. 364
The Duke of Lorraine had a very good mind to get footing in Ireland.
1726 G. Shelvocke xvi. 452
They had half a mind to refuse me a passage.
1754 S. Johnson Let. 28 Nov. in
Would a letter give him any pleasure; I have a mind to write.
1819 Ld. Byron 5 July
I have half a mind to go back in search of La Fanchette.
1823 Ld. Byron 28 Mar.
I had a great mind to send you his unpaid bills.
1833 L. Ritchie 26
It was lucky for us that we did not follow the nuptial procession (which we had more than half a mind to do).
1852 R. S. Surtees ii. xii. 60
I'm a good mind to have his throat cut.
1858 Wilhelmina in T. Carlyle II. vi. ii. 19
My Brother and I had all the mind in the world to laugh.
1870 J. E. T. Rogers 2nd Ser. 102
He had little mind to be a martyr, but he had still less a mind to be a knave.
1876 E. A. Freeman
IV. xvii. 54
He had no mind to be a mere conqueror.
1879 T. H. Sayre
The old man is feeble and rheumatic. I've a good mind to lick him, and get square with his son.
1882 July 341/1
‘This one,’ he went on slowly, taking up a soft, blue merino, ‘I'm half a mind to put back in the drawer.’
1888 ‘R. Boldrewood’ II. xii. 205
We'd two minds to camp on the mountain.
1923 W. S. Maugham ii. 111
I've got half a mind to get the people..to copy it.
1930 G. B. Johnson in B. A. Botkin
iv. iii. 698
‘I'm a good mind to whup you,’ says a Negro mother to her son.
1975 L. Gillen iv. 61
I'd a mind to show Miss McCourt the portrait, sir.
1996 F. McCourt
I have a good mind to report you to Sister Rita.
1530 J. Palsgrave 580/1
I have a mynde to one, I have a favoure to hym.
1605 i. ii
I have a great mind to this gentleman in the way of Marriage.
1631 B. Jonson Divell is Asse i. ii. 29 in II
They doe say, H'will meet a man (of himselfe) that has a mind to him. If hee would so, I haue a minde and a halfe for him.
1674 S. Butler
i. i. 14
That..Compound for Sins, they are inclin'd to, By damning those they have no mind to.
1683 W. Temple Mem. in
I never had less mind to any Journey in my Life.
1711 R. Steele No. 145. ⁋6
There visits among us an old Batchelor whom each of us has a Mind to.
1726 J. Swift I. ii. ii. 31
In a few Days I was able to call for whatever I had a mind to.
1761 H. Walpole Let. 16 Apr. in
Have you a mind to some doe venison?
1876 ‘G. Eliot’ IV. viii. lviii. 169
The blacksmith said to me the other day that his 'prentice had no mind to his trade.
1934 R. Macaulay ii. 34
By this time Milton had no mind to the ministry; he wanted..to devote himself to literature and to poetry.
1553 tr. Erasmus Epist. Perswade Young Ientleman Mariage in T. Wilson i. f. 26
Thus we se plainelye, that suche a one as hathe no minde of Mariage, semeth to be no manne, but rather a Stone, an enemye to Nature, a rebel to God him selfe.
1600 W. Shakespeare ii. v. 37
By Iacobs staffe I sweare I haue no minde of feasting forth to night: but I will goe.
1631 B. Jonson Divell is Asse i. ii. 29 in II
They doe say, H'will meet a man (of himselfe) that has a mind to him. If hee would so, I haue a minde and a halfe for him.
1766 O. Goldsmith II. i. 12
To assist at tattering a kip, as the phrase was, when we had a mind for a frolic.
1775 S. Johnson 8 Apr.
When shall I come down to you? I believe I can get away pretty early in May, if you have any mind of me.
When he has a mind of a little fun.
1855 W. H. Prescott I. ii. iii. 442
Philip had no mind for a second collision with the papal court.
1871 Jan. 45
We have no mind for a sousing.
1895 R. Kipling in 30 May 2/2
You won't have no mind for slingers, not to-morrow—..bein' sick!
1914 S. Lewis xi. 143
Mr. Wrenn was talking to an American who had a clipped mustache, brisk manners,..and a mind for duck-shooting, hardware-selling, and cigars.
1948 E. Waugh 78
You couldn't really get away from the war even there. The ladies didn't seem to have a mind for anything higher than pattern-bombing.
1703 II. viii. 374
Without..restraining them from making Incursions where they had a mind.
1737 S. Berington 261
When they have dropp'd all [the wild Boars] that are dangerous, and as much as they have a mind, they open their Toils.
1826 W. Scott 6 Feb.
I have no idea of these things preventing a man from doing what he has a mind.
1848 W. M. Thackeray 1 Aug.
Those who had a mind were free to repair to a magnificent neighboring saloon.
1874 G. J. Whyte-Melville III. xxi. 22
They could..burn us out if they had a mind.
1994 July 41/1
The operator at the controls sees her and shouts down to git on over and git some, if she's a mind.
[1671 H. M. tr. Erasmus 519
Enquire what thou hast a mind to.
1734 Ld. Chesterfield 2 Nov.
Amoretto was with difficulty prevailed upon to eat and drink as much as he had a mind to.
1744 E. Haywood
No. 4. I. 189
As our sex has the privilege of saying whatever we have a mind to.]
Folks say he is a conjurer, and can tell any thing he's a mind to.
1852 H. B. Stowe I. ii. 28
I don't need to hire any of my hands out, unless I've a mind to.
1859 S. Smith
I s'pose a Governor has a right to flog anybody he's a mind to.
1871 27 Mar. 282
You can call me when you are a-mind to.
1895 ‘Heatherbell’ in 10 79
They..thought that they could deal as they had a mind to with his property.
1941 J. Agee & W. Evans ii. 25
He said, Sure, of course, take all the snaps you've a mind to.
1986 U. Holden
She was welcome to join his friends if she'd a mind to.
In uses primarily expressing inclination.
a1516 H. Medwall ii. sig. e.iii v
Go in hand with her anone..For to fele her mynde toward me.
1530 tr. Caesar x. f. xii
Whome he had knowen & sene so specyally aboue other, to bere hys good myne [perh. read mynde] and fydelyte toward hym.
1530 J. Palsgrave 449/2
I beare hym good mynde, je suis affectionné enuers luy.
a1563 J. Bale
Ye knowe very well she beareth the churche good mynde.
1569 R. Grafton II. 707
The more number of the nobilitie, bare towarde king Henry..their good minds and fixed hartes.
1580 J. Stow Ep. Ded. ⁋iij b
Not doubting but your Lordship..will..vouchesafe to accepte this Monument of my affectionate minde.
c1613 in T. Stapleton
Wee understand..your true mind & faithful liegiance towards us.
a1616 W. Shakespeare
i. ii. 33
I would I knew his minde .
I desire yow to wryt with the bearer how ye are and your mind to me.
1765 R. Cumberland i. vii. 24
I am fit to think his old Honour does not bear an honest Mind towards her.
1822 J. Galt xlvi. 342
Therefore, Mr. Peevie, would it no be a very proper thing, in the choice of the new counsellors, to take men of a friendly mind towards you.
1893 G. Gissing II. iii. 66
You said that by making Miss Barfoot see she was wrong you could alter her mind towards me.
1932 T. E. Lawrence tr. Homer xv
He spoke again, in wish to find out the swineherd's real mind towards him and if he would extend him longer hospitality there in the farm, or compel him city-wards.
God made euery beest after his minde.
1530 J. Palsgrave 580/1
I have a person or a beest accordyng to my mynde, I have them in suche awe as I desyre.
1535 Ecclus. vii. 26
Yf thou haue a wife after thine owne mynde, forsake her not.
1535 1 Macc. iv. 6
Which had nether harnesse ner sweardes to their myndes.
1647 J. Trapp (Matt. vi. 5)
[Saul] grunts against himself because he [sc. God] handles him nat after his own mind.
1685 in J. G. Dunlop
Agnes Fergison..heath goten a master to her own myend.
1693 J. Evelyn tr. J. de La Quintinie ii. v. iv. 86
Those Gropers, who, to gather one according to their Mind, will spoil a hundred by the violent impression of their Unskillful Thumb.
1719 D. Defoe 249
It was however, some Time before we could get a Ship to our Minds.
?1790 J. Imison Curious & Misc. Articles
You may brighten it to your mind by the above mixture.
1847 A. Helps
I. viii. 130
Commands are expected to be fulfilled..exactly to the mind of the person ordering.
1898 LVI. 21/2
Nothing was more to the mind of Nicholas.
1918 ‘B. MacNamara’ 52
Ulick Shannon was finding the valley very little to his mind.
1966 R. Pitter 19
Seeing what that heat sees is not to my mind.
1672 xxi. 133
But it was no time now to complain in such terms, and the present danger I was in, drew off my mind from such thoughts, to consult for my safety.
1788 M. Wollstonecraft v. 34
There were many elegant amusements, that she had acquired a relish for, which might have taken her mind off from its most destructive bent.
1822 R. H. Dana I. 79
The grief of his mother, and her imploring helplessness, took Thornton's mind off from its regrets and painful thoughts, while it softened his heart.
1889 ‘M. Twain’ xii. 143
Well, it took my mind off from everything else; took it clear off.
1915 V. Woolf iv. 67
She was determined that Sir Walter should take her husband's mind off the guns of Britain, and divert him in an exquisite, quaint, sprightly, and slightly ridiculous world.
1941 B. Schulberg iv. 70
I had a notion that a little of Billie and Sammy Glick might not be such a bad idea, if only to get my mind off my own tsurus.
1991 June 87/1
The widow of the electrocuted man didn't even have children to take her mind off her loneliness.
In uses primarily expressing opinion or judgement.
?1496 in J. Gairdner
If we hadde alle here ben of oone mynde in folowyng directly the Kinges mynde.
1570 in J. Cranstoun
With ane mynde thay did consent togidder Dauid to slay.
W. Stewart tr. H. Boece
All in ane mynd and will.
a1616 W. Shakespeare
v. v. 297
I would we were all of one minde, and one minde good.
a1616 W. Shakespeare
i. iii. 236
He and his Phisitions Are of a minde.
1648 T. Gage 191
The three Spaniards were halfe of the same mind.
1686 J. Gowther 2
Being so near of a mind, we have yet been so long clashing Quills, as Adversaries.
a1712 G. Granville Ess. Unnat. Flights Poetry in 176
And, by the Tyrant's Murder, we may find That Cato and the Gods were of a Mind.
1740 C. Cibber ix. 179
Their Lovers are generally constant, simple Sighers, both of a Mind.
1805 W. Wordsworth i. 133
Ye pulled together with one mind.
1862 J. H. Burton
A panel means twelve perplexed agriculturists, who..are starved till they are of one mind.
1871 B. Jowett tr. Plato III. 577
When men have anything to do in common, that they should be of one mind is a pleasant thing.
1877 C. H. Spurgeon XXIII. 70
Here they were, all of a mind, and all ready to start.
1933 D. Richardson in J. Gawsworth 2nd Ser. ix. 196
Strangers impinging, the sense of a vast company of people by no means all of one mind.
They were of one mind on the necessity of involving the United States in the defence of Western Europe.
1992 A. W. Eckert xi. 663
Then must you..pick up your hatchets to rise with one mind and one heart against those whites who have so defiled her.
c1500 in R. H. Robbins
Is tell yw my mynd, anes tayliur, dame; I deme we lak plesur.
1508 J. Fisher sig. nn.vv
A mannes entent or mynde spoken by his owne mouth moueth more the herer than it were shewed & spoken by ony other.
1530 J. Palsgrave 478/2
And I may catche hym ones, I shall tell hym more of my mynde.
1533 in W. H. Turner
That we should freindly open our minds each to other.
1596 in B. Cusack
Lett me knowe yor minde eyther to denie me or ells to yelde to mee.
a1616 W. Shakespeare
iv. iii. 75
Your betters haue indur'd me say my minde.
a1616 W. Shakespeare
ii. vii. 59
Giue me leaue To speake my minde .
1676 A. Marvell sig. G2v
'Tis happy that some or other of this Few chances ever and anon to speak their minds out, to shew us plainly what they would be at.
1682 J. Bunyan 13
I have opened my mind unto you.
1702 R. Steele ii. 19
When I know her further than Skin-deep, I'll tell you more of my mind.
1728 J. Morgan I. ii. 221
When got to Sea, he opened his Mind to the Chiefs of his Equipage.
1765 J. Wesley
My dogmaticalness is..a custom of coming to the point at once, and telling my mind flat and plain.
1806 J. Beresford I. vii. 175
I let them know my mind in a manner that pretty effectually secures me from this ‘misery’, for the rest of that sitting.
1846 R. Browning Soul's Trag. in i
I've spoke my mind too fully out.
1861 ‘G. Eliot’ xvi. 284
As it grew more and more easy to him to open his mind to Dolly Winthrop, he gradually communicated to her all he could describe of his early life.
1888 A. Jessopp i. 42
Henry..spoke out his mind and showed that he was not too well-pleased.
1904 H. O. Sturgis xix. 269
Your sarcasms will never prevent my speaking my mind.
1954 A. Thirkell 74
As hostess and President she felt she ought not to have spoken her mind so freely.
1988 M. Seymour iv. 110
The James children had always been encouraged to speak their minds freely.
1995 K. Ishiguro xxii. 327
If they annoy you so much, why don't you just speak your mind?
1512 c. 20 Preamble
The said John..fortuned to be slayn..ayenst the will and mynde of your seid Beseecher.
1553 T. Becon
The Councell which is celebrated without the mynde and consent of the Romyshe Byshop.
1668 N. Culpeper & A. Cole tr. T. Bartholin
iii. x. 151
Cassenius against the mind of all Anatomists draws its original from the Pinnæ of the Nose.
1698 T. Hearne I. iii. ix. 324
Themistocles..brought the Athenians back to their City, which they fortified, and added the Pyreum to it much against the Spartan's Mind.
?1747 E. Erskine in 7
I see thirteen men of..the Associate Synod..carrying a matter by a thin meeting by a scrimp majority of four votes, not only against the mind of their brethren, but against the whole flock of Christ that have travelled the road to glory before us.
1804 J. Baillie Rayner iv. i, in 91
I fear to die... For oh! it goes against the mind of man To be turned out from its warm wonted home, Ere yet one rent admits the winter's chill.
1874 A. C. Swinburne ii. iv. 130
This fire in you Who chose him, being so young, of your own will, Against the mind of many, for your lord, Shall rather burn yourself than purge his mood.
1567 in P. F. Tytler
The nobility are of mind to suit assistance of the queen.
1581 G. Pettie tr. S. Guazzo
ii. 66 b
I am of this minde, that the making of rime shoulde not make a Poet use naughtie wordes.
1585 J. Stell in T. Washington tr. N. de Nicolay Ep. Ded.
Hee was alwaies of opinion and minde, that..learning, is not to be sought for in bookes.
1597 W. Shakespeare v. ii. 107
Sweete Yorke, sweete husband, be not of that mind.
a1616 W. Shakespeare
v. iv. 70
He sent me word, if I said his beard was not cut well, hee was in the minde it was.
1634 J. Canne v. 210
Augustine was of mind, that councils, Bishops, &c. ought not to be objected for triall of controversies, but the holy scriptures onely.
1647 J. Howell 60
I am of the I[t]alians mind that said Nulla nuova, buona nuova, no newes good newes.
1690 J. Locke ii. xvii. 108
If these men are of the Mind, That they have clearer Ideas of infinite Duration, than of infinite Space.
1717 Lady M. W. Montagu 1 Apr.
I don't doubt you'l be of my Mind.
1748 H. Purefoy Let. 28 Jan. in G. Eland
I. iv. 80
She is much in the mind she could convince them yours is the better.
1840 R. W. Emerson Thoughts on Mod. Lit. in 1147
Tempestuous storms, which though our meteorologists generally refer to natural causes, yet I am of Bodine's mind, they are more often caused by those aerial devils in their several quarters.
1871 Apr. 242
I'm of Bradshawe's mind in the matter.
1914 E. R. Burroughs vi. 74
But Kala was of a different mind.
1971 4 Apr. 5/4
Local communists had been watching with uneasiness..and were even of the mind that he should be denounced as a CIA spy.
1992 A. Thorpe iii. 52
It is a loose, spongy ground, and Farmer Barr was of the mind that, were I to plough it up and sow it to one earth, as I had considered, I would have much trouble with the redweed, or poppy.
1744 S. Fielding I. ii. vii. 215
I believe this is owing to their Ignorance; for as they have no Minds of their own, they have no Idea of others Sensations.
1867 A. Trollope I. vii. 55
A weak, wishy-washy man, who had hardly any mind of his own to speak of.
1881 H. James III. iii. 40
The real offence, as she ultimately perceived, was her having a mind of her own at all. Her mind was to be his.
1957 J. Braine
She'd think me an intelligent type with a mind of my own.
1976 A. White ii. 19
You're not a Parlor dog, trained to bark when I ring a bell. You have a mind of your own.
1993 18 Dec. 4/8
She had a mind of her own—she wasn't meek or mild. Not lippy, but a strong personality.
1995 B. Bryson
My attention was preoccupied with trying to turn off the back windscreen wiper, which seemed to have a mind of its own.
1883 J. N. Pomeroy iii. 413
There is a mutual mistake—that is, where there has been a meeting of minds—an agreement actually entered into—but the contract, deed, settlement, or other settlement, or other instrument, in its written form, does not express what was really intended.
1939 17 359/2
A common intention, a meeting of the minds, on all terms thereof, is essential to an agreement.
1946 E. Hodgins
Meeting of the minds.
1969 D. Acheson
At the end of the two days no meeting of minds had occurred.
1987 L. Brown 44
In short, there has to be no room for misunderstanding; there must be what lawyers call consensus ad idem or a meeting of minds.
1989 22 Dec. 19/4
Referring to the Prime Minister's meeting of minds with Mr Shevardnadze, the Foreign Secretary said ‘our interest is to keep the two systems’.
1991 July 138/1
The WELL is a computer network. Right now you are just a few keystrokes away from this lively and open meeting of minds.
1991 Nov. 7
With the meeting of minds and bodies under the auspices of the 1st Irish Lesbian and Gay Film Festival a whole plethora of issues were raised.
Senses relating to amount.
Mental or psychic faculty.
a1400 tr. Lanfranc
Þe substaunce of þe ventriclis of þe brayn, of þe which mynde is maad.
Reson & wille..ymaginacion & sensualite..alle þees foure miȝtes & þeire werkes mynde conteneþ & comprehendeþ in it-self.
1586 T. Bright xiii. 70
So the mind..varieth not by nature, but by use only, or diuersity of those thinges whereto it applieth it selfe: as the same facultie applied to differring thinges, discerneth: to thinges past, remembreth: to thinges future, foreseeth: of present thinges, determineth: and that which the eye doth by turning of the head..that doth the mind freely at once.
1704 J. Norris II. iii. 133
By Mind I think we are properly to mean that power which both perceives and wills.
1785 T. Reid i. ii. 42
We do not give the name of mind to thought, reason, or desire; but to that being which thinks, which reasons, which desires.
1815 J. G. Spurzheim viii. 293
The expression Mind designates the class of faculties. I divide it into two orders: into feelings (gemueth, in German) and intellect.
1843 J. S. Mill I. iii. §8
Mind is the mysterious something which feels and thinks.
1846 G. Moore
Unfortunately the word mind has been almost universally employed to signify both that which thinks, and the phenomena of thinking.
1896 E. B. Titchener xv. 339
Mind, we said, is the sum total of mental processes during a lifetime.
1950 14 Apr. 5/4
The one fundamental difference which can be established between minds and brains is that the former are in no circumstances edible.
1984 A. Smith p. xvii
The soul is an abstraction and the brain is an organ. To speak of the mind is to blend the two.
Mind is now considered to be a product of active processing of the flow of information working through elementary drives, or complex motives, set to single out important information about reality, relating bits of information and synthesizing them, and constructing plans and programmes of behaviour.
1990 July 46/1
In this view the mind is simply what the brain does; it emerges as an epiphenomenon.
c1390 G. Chaucer 552
It were with thilke eyen of his mynde, With whiche men seen, after that they been blynde.
1435 R. Misyn tr. R. Rolle 81 (MED)
Entre is opynd in behaldynge of heuenly misterys to þe ee of his mynde.
Haue often [him] by-fore your myndes ye.
1577 H. Languet Let. in
What will not these golden mountains effect..which I dare say stand before your mind's eye day and night?
1603 W. Shakespeare i. ii. 184
I see my father..in my mindes eye.
1749 D. Garrick 3 Aug.
We were going the other Night in Imagination to Londesburgh, &..My Lady was very near Desiring to make it real, but..we were oblig'd to See It, only in the Mind's Eye.
1797 F. Burney 30 Oct.
Not an Hour passes in which he is not present to my mind's Eye.
1818 33 414
I have..the little thatched cottages of Waltham Chase..in my mind's eye.
1883 S. C. Hall II. 320
One such scene is in my mind's eye at this moment.
1932 G. Greene i. i. 6
Seeing in his mind's eye the tired grey man.
1955 L. P. Hartley xxvi. 235
Their name did not evoke an image to him; neither to his mind's eye nor Isabel's did they appear.
2005 D. Cruickshank 225
So, like much else in St Petersburg, the vision for the prospect is Peter's—he could see its noble vista in his mind's eye when all was still marsh.
1733 ‘P. Drake’ 5
The thinking Sculpture helps to raise Deep thoughts, the Genii of the place: To the minds ear, and inward sight, There silence speaks.
1775 F. Burney 6 Dec.
My mind's ear..was once more pleased.
1829 C. R. Maturin III. xx. 352
She wished in this (to her) terrible emergency, to ask counsel of him whose image was ever present to her, and whose voice she heard with the mind's ear distinctly even in absence.
1884 19 510
We may, I think, be sure that some such region exists, that there is a mind's ear as well as the mind's eye.
1946 A. Hutchings in A. L. Bacharach xvi. 207
I do not think that, even now, Rubbra finds it easy to bring off the orchestration conceived in his mind's ear while writing his ‘short score’.
1977 13 May 11/2
In my mind's ear I related the word opera to operating theatre and then everything began to take shape.
1998 G. Delanty 42
Even now In my mind's ear I hear your gusto, reviving Every cliché in the book.
a1398 J. Trevisa tr. Bartholomaeus Anglicus
And so þe firste world is euer lastinge & duringe in þouȝt & mynde of god.
1582 S. Batman 367
There are so many seminall reasons of things in the world, as there be Idees or conceites in the divine minde.
1612 F. Bacon
I had rather beleeue all the fables in the Legend, and the Alcaron, then that this vniuersall frame is without a minde.
?1615 G. Chapman tr. Homer
Men's knowledges have proper limits set, And should not prease into the mind of God.
1690 J. Locke iv. x. 318
That eternal infinite Mind, who made and governs all Things.
1733 A. Pope i. 260
Just as absurd, to mourn the tasks or pains, The great directing Mind of All ordains.
1781 W. Cowper 198
They only..Received the transcript of the eternal mind.
1807 W. Wordsworth Ode in II. 153
Haunted for ever by the eternal mind .
1841 R. W. Emerson 1st Ser.
Behold, it [sc. the soul] saith, I am born into the great, the universal mind.
1897 H. N. Howard 41
As from the nebulous elemental sea, Wand-smitten by the Eternal Mind, Earth rose.
1971 T. Alexander
I. Data Excerpts 323
This Macro viewpoint, in which the human soul and subconscious mind perceive its oneness with all minds (super-conscious, universal mind, macrocosm, of God).
1988 S. W. Hawking xi. 175
If we find the answer to that [sc. why it is that we and the universe exist], it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we would know the mind of God.
c1580 Sir P. Sidney tr. xxxiv. ix
To humble broken minds, This Lord is ever, ever neare.
1609 W. Shakespeare cxvii. sig. H
That I haue frequent binne with vnknown mindes .
1642 R. Lovelace iv
Mindes innocent and quiet take That for an Hermitage.
1776 W. J. Mickle in tr. L. de Camoens Introd. p. xxxv
Some of the Portuguese courtiers, the same ungenerous minds perhaps who advised the rejection of Columbus because he was a foreigner.
1889 Ld. Tennyson ix
Lowly minds were madden'd to the height By tonguester tricks.
1919 J. Conrad v. i
It was like the mania of those disordered minds who spend their days hunting for a treasure.
1976 16 July 11/3
It is puny minds like this that help the ‘Free Wales’ brigade in their campaign.
1999 3 May ii. 5/2
The idea that some small little minds disapprove of our admittedly somewhat rackety existences is not something that we..find interesting or relevant.
a1586 Sir P. Sidney
ii. f. 83
They (who thought they might do it, not onely willingly, because they loued him, and truely, because such indeed was the mind of the people, but safely because she who ruled the King was agreed thereto) accomplished her counsell.
1758 M. Akenside Ode to Bishop of Winchester in R. Dodsley VI. 27
What private force..Could a whole nation disengage From the dread bonds of many an age, And to new habits mould the public mind.
1786 S. Trimmer
The endeavours of infidels and seditionists to corrupt the public mind.
1812 H. Davy 13
In this age it was peculiarly easy to deceive, but difficult to enlighten, the public mind.
1837 H. Martineau III. 206
If the national mind of America be judged of by its legislation, it is of a very high order.
1857 H. T. Buckle
An impression had been made upon the popular mind which it was hardly possible to efface.
1883 10 Nov. 5/1
This cleavage of the religious mind of Europe into two extreme camps.
1920 W. McDougall ii. 42
A proposition which voices the mind of the crowd..and so comes with the power of a mass-suggestion.
1938 R. G. Collingwood ii. 17
The philosophy of craft, in fact, was one of the greatest and most solid achievements of the Greek mind.
1942 G. Bennett in 8 Mar. 7/3
The 1918 mind lost us Singapore.
1971 20 May 1/7
Mr Herron said he was not ruling the report out of order. ‘I want to take the mind of the Assembly on this.’
1987 C. Thubron i. 18
Western systems don't exactly work here. They don't fit our mind.
a1640 J. Fletcher & P. Massinger Double Marriage iii, in F. Beaumont & J. Fletcher
But such a melancholy hangs on his mind, And in his eyes inhabit such sad shadowes.
1664 T. Killigrew 2nd Pt. Cicilia & Clorinda i. iii, in 271
I know his crimes lye too heavy on his mind to listen to what I shall say of Love or Reason.
1722 D. Defoe 104
I had now such a load on my Mind that it kept me perpetually waking.
1741 S. Richardson III. xxxiii. 325
If you have any thing upon your Mind to say, let's have it.
1846 C. Dickens
I am quite sorry that I live with you, when I see you with anything on your mind.
1853 E. Bulwer-Lytton II. vi. v. 108
I asked him if he had not anything on his mind.
1864 Ld. Tennyson Enoch Arden in 22
Annie, there is a thing upon my mind.
1921 G. B. Shaw ii. 38
The tweeded gentleman. (Coming in very slowly.) I have something on my mind.
1955 L. P. Hartley xxvi. 233
Isabel saw that Harold had something on his mind: he looked slightly portentous.
1973 K. Carter Roots in S. Henderson iii. 312
Woke up dis Mornin' wid Jesus On my min. Oh, yes, lor' Jesus on my min.
1998 S. Faulks i. v. 45
Is there something on your mind, Miss Gray?.. You've appeared somewhat distracted over the last two or three days. I wondered if something was troubling you.
1676 Earl of Orrery i. 19
My Father..knew that happiness has its solid Throne only in the mind.
1732 G. Berkeley Ess. New Theory of Vision
§lxxvii, in II. 288
All which visible Objects are only in the Mind; nor do they suggest ought external..otherwise than by habitual Connexion as Words do Things.
1753 S. Richardson II. xxvii. 248
I started, and even trembled. What I suffered there, was all in my mind.
1812 J. Baillie Dream ii. ii, in III. 132
Oh! they were terrible!—But they are All in my mind as the indistinct horrors of a Frenzied imagination.
1874 W. Wallace tr. G. W. F. Hegel §42. 75
That unity of self-consciousness,..Kant calls transcendental..; and he meant thereby that this unity was only in our minds, and did not attach to the objects apart from our knowledge of them.
1910 I. 54/2
G. B. Riccioli concluded that they existed only in the minds of the observers, and were due to instrumental and personal errors.
1976 in M. Frayn i. 15
Well, it's all in the mind, isn't it? It's all up here.
1992 13 Apr. 29/1
Vogel's surrogate heroine, Anna, undertakes that European journey—but it takes place only in her mind.
1998 20 June 5/1
The ‘green flash’ that watchers sometimes report at sunset is often all in the mind, a scientist from California reported last week.
1745 E. Young 112
And by the Mandate of whose awful Nod, All Regions, Revolutions, Fortunes, Fates, Of High, of Low, of Mind and Matter, roll Thro' the short Chanels of expiring Time..In absolute Subjection!
1796 20 App. 569
Tracy read a paper [at the National Institute of France]..and proposed to call the philosophy of mind, ideology.
1850 R. W. Emerson Swedenborg in iii. 143
It is remarkable that this man, who..saw the poetic construction of things, and the primary relation of mind to matter, remained entirely devoid of the whole apparatus of poetic expression.
1879 W. L. Lindsay I. 51
Little is at present known of the phenomena of mind in the lowest classes of animals.
1898 J. R. Illingworth i. §1. 4
Thus matter, as we know it, is everywhere and always fused with mind.
1919 28 58
The pluralist..recognizes that the fundamental fact from which the start must be made, is not a dualism of matter and mind, but the unity of the individual experience, which comprises a duality of subject and object.
1992 Spring 10/1
The rational liberalism of the West wholly embraces the Cartesian world view that..recognized only the existence of mind and matter, leaving non-human life entirely out of the picture.
1748 J. Hervey Contempl. Night in
Opening our minds to the Irradiations of his Wisdom.
1792 M. Wollstonecraft v. 196
Would it not be a refinement on cruelty to open her mind only to make the darkness and misery of her fate visible?
1835 J. P. Kennedy I. viii. 154
I hope thereby to open his
[sc. the reader's]
mind to a more adequate conception of the character of Philip Lindsay.
1910 W. Lippmann 800
The professors couldn't prove it wasn't, so James was willing to open his mind to evidence.
1968 T. Wolfe v. 60
The whole other world that LSD opened your mind to.
1992 Apr. 15/2
Hopefully 3D graff will open people's minds to the fact that you can adapt graffiti to anything you want.
1797 A. Radcliffe I. iii. 95
I do not wilfully close my mind against examination, but am directed by proof and yield to conviction.
1829 T. Hood Dream Eugene Aram in 1 110
O God, could I so close my mind, And clasp it with a clasp.
1876 F. Harrison
To stuff our minds with what is simply trivial..is to close our minds to what is solid and enlarging.
1917 at Stop v. 8 a
To atop (one's own or another's ear or ears). Also fig., to..refuse to listen, to close one's mind against arguments, etc.
1996 Summer 28/1
It is when we are feeling mean and misanthropic, when we have closed our minds to our own freedom and have set our faces against the world, that we objectify money.
1808 H. More I. vii. 95
He would have selected those two instances as the triumph of mind over matter.
a1880 J. Brougham
There's wisdom!—there's a triumph of mind over matter.
1906 E. Œ. Somerville & ‘M. Ross’ 89
The Mahatma maintained a Druid silence; it was not for him to comment on the eternal supremacy of Mind over Matter.
1943 7 20
The ‘psychokinetic’ or ‘PK’ effect..is colloquially called ‘mind over matter’, and means the direct influencing of a physical system by the action of a subject's effort, without any known intermediate energy or instrumentation.
1994 4 Oct. (TV Daily Suppl.) 4/6
Alternative methods of treatment involving mind over matter are investigated by medicine man Dr Rob Buckman.
1899 20 439
If the MSS, in attributing works to ancient authors, only furnish us with a thesis to prove, there is opened a vista of scepticism and material for dissertations at which the mind boggles.
1942 52 281
The mind boggles at the thought of one after another of the statutory monopolies, after a similar survey, coming to similar conclusions.
1971 16 Aug. 50/3
The mind boggles. The dreadful deeds the little monkeys might perpetrate. Tch tch.
1999 Dec. 15/1
The mind boggles at the thought of knitting any intarsia design that requires 32 colours across a row!
[1783 S. Johnson 20 Aug.
I read your last letter with great delight, but when I came to love and honour, what sprang in my Mind?—How lov'd, how honoured once, avails thee not.]
1910 21 14
Are they not just typical of the incidents which most readily spring to mind when we pronounce prediction impossible?
1939 J. S. Huxley 28
Napoleon, Shakespeare, Einstein, Galileo—a dozen great names spring to mind.
1962 A. Nisbett ix. 153
When we talk about the fade, the first thing that springs to mind is the use to which it is put in dramatic productions.
1991 G. Carey xi. 74
Let me tell you of the images that spring to my mind when we talk about water.
1920 ‘K. Mansfield’ 23 Mar.
Bunny talks as Ive never heard a prostitute talk—or a woman in a brothel. Her mind is a sink: shes sex mad.
1932 A. Christie x. 170
And if one tries to warn them..they tell one that one has a Victorian mind—and that, they say, is like a sink.
1949 P. G. Wodehouse viii. 129
He concluded by saying it was a pity that some people, whose identity he did not specify, had minds like sinks.
a1966 M. Allingham
Norah, a toothy vixen..with a mind like a cesspool.
1970 S. Taylor ii. 16
[She] said he'd probably gone off with some woman. Her mind's like a sink.
1974 L. Deighton xix. 208
Your mind is like a sewer, pal.
If I see a big one in my bedroom (spider that is, for those with a mind like a sewer) then my legs go all weak.
Mark v. 15
Thei camen to Jhesu, and thei seen hym [sc. Legion]..sittynge clothid, and of hoole mynde.
1395 in F. J. Furnivall
I, Alice West,..in hool estat of my body, and in good mynde beynge.
1402 Will in R. W. Chambers & M. Daunt
I John Girdeler of Harfeld, in god mynde and saf memorye, make my testement.
1418 in F. J. Furnivall
Hole of mynde & in gode memorie beyng.
1430 in F. J. Furnivall
Beyng in full mende.
1438–9 in F. J. Furnivall
Beyng yn hole mynde & goode witte.
1451 in J. Raine
II. 149 (MED)
I, dame Heleyn Gilson..hole in witt and mynde.
1469 in J. B. Clare
I, Richard Pepyn of Wenyston, beying hool in my witt and clare mende make and ordeyne ys my last will.
The said Jhone being seik in bodye and haill in mynd.
1581 G. Pettie tr. S. Guazzo
If I flatter not my selfe, I haue a whole minde within my crasie bodie.
A debilitated Body, and unsound Mind.
1789 J. Bentham xvi. p. cclxvii
Just so long as his inability is supposed to continue: that is,..in the case of insanity, till he be of sound mind and understanding.
1805 W. Cruise V. App. 523
To prove that the said Nicholas was of unsound mind at the time of the said fine taken.
1826 W. Roberts
No person who is not of a reasonable mind and sane memory can make any disposition by will.
1874 A. C. Swinburne ii. ix. 157
I am..unsure if I be whole of mind. I think I have been estranged from my right wits.
The soundness or unsoundness of mind of the alleged lunatic.
1988 B. W. Aldiss ix. 136
This is my life history, which I set down this 8th day of January 1987, being of sound mind more or less.
1999 27 July 5/5
[He] told him that the Miss Kay he had met was in sound mind and had made her will voluntarily and without any obvious pressure.
a1387 J. Trevisa tr. R. Higden
(St. John's Cambr.)
I. 421 (MED)
He..sigh aboue a grisliche kynde, And fil anon out of his mynde.
c1390 G. Chaucer 494
He seith he kan no difference fynde Bitwix a man that is out of his mynde And a man which that is dronkelewe.
c1425 J. Lydgate
i. l. 4276 (MED)
Almost for wo he went out of his mynde.
lxix. 317 (MED)
Þe maister of þe ship was halfe out of mynde.
a1617 P. Baynes
Through phrenzie out of our right mindes.
1780 S. Lee v. i. 82
It must be Bedlam; for the old gentleman is out of his mind, that's a sure thing!
1849 T. B. Macaulay I. v. 663
He was drunk, they said, or out of his mind, when he was turned off.
1867 G. MacDonald I. vii. 191
Miss Oldcastle thought she was out of her mind, and spoke of an asylum.
1948 T. Heggen xi. 140
At night, awakening him from sleep, an object dropped on the deck overhead would send him nearly out of his mind with rage.
1964 23 Aug. 64/2
He was bombed out of his mind.
1968 28 Nov. 735/2
He would only be taken in charge if he was drunk: were he to spend his ten shillings on getting stoned out of his mind the police would happily accommodate him.
1984 B. MacLaverty
When I saw matches being lit in that cottage I was terrified out of my mind.
1987 E. Newby x. 169
She was bored out of her mind, she said, by winter in Glengarriff.
1992 J. MacKenna 62
Not when I'm pissed out of my mind.
1995 P. McCabe
‘What do you think you're doing!’ he would yell at him. ‘Are you out of your mind?’
1999 I. Rankin xi. 67
The members of the public sat there with hands clasped between knees, or with heads angled to the ceiling, bored out of their minds.
a1398 J. Trevisa tr. Bartholomaeus Anglicus
(BL Add. 27944)
II. xviii. xlii. 1191
Þese bestes han witte and mynde passynge oþere bestes.
c1595 Countess of Pembroke Psalme xliv. 79 in
His eye of deepest minde Deeper sincks then deepest working.
1609 J. Davies 26
Put on the mind that men of mind becomes.
1806 T. Jefferson Let. 5 July in
The imputation was one of those artifices used to despoil an adversary of his most effectual arms; and men of mind will place themselves above a gabble of this order.
1826 B. Disraeli I. ii. x. 144
Blue eyes, lit up by a smile of such mind and meaning!
1855 Ld. Tennyson Maud i. vii, in 4
But these are the days of advance, the works of the men of mind.
1864 J. Bryce iv. 46
The Papacy..under the guidance of her greatest minds, of Hildebrand, of Alexander [etc.].
1876 ‘Ouida’ iii
You mean there can be no mind in an imitation.
1926 W. S. Bruce viii. 64
The men of money are supposed to be above the men of mind. That ranking is entirely wrong.
1988 M. Brodsky 165
For a moment I feared he might be envious of the Activity, devirulizing or not, taking place circumambiently, in which case he was no longer any man of mind.
1996 F. Popcorn & L. Marigold p. x
Lastly,..to Kate Newlin, who spent many of her weeknights and weekends contributing her clear, keen mind, marketing prowess, astounding strategic thinking, and her heart.
1728 J. Oldmixon 125
Great Minds often think alike on the same Occasions.
1873 27 Dec. 813
But Mamma Mullein had for her consolation the adage that great minds think alike.
1922 27 Dec. 601
Lord Riddell considers that Mr. H. G. Wells is one of the world's greatest minds. Great minds, as the saying is, think alike.
1950 S. Truss 194
Great minds think alike.
1991 J. Cairney 241
‘Great minds think alike,’ she said as if she'd invented the aphorism. Mrs Beattie nodded, ‘Ay.’ she said, ‘fools seldom differ!’
1945 R. A. Knox ix. 131
There is a steady policy, all over eastern Europe, of anti-religious mind-conditioning.
1990 Nov. 3/1
Clearly mind conditioning through knowledge and experience has given many people great faith in orthodox doctors and surgeons.
1918 27 307
Dr. Bosanquet means (I think) that reality is ‘in the mind’ in its fulness and completeness, and the more so the completer is it—we have mind grasping a fuller real, and reality elevated (as it were) into mind-content.
1936 H. Mulder 163
The intellectual components of a mind-content.
1940 N. R. Jones in Aug. 46/1
The robots..were operated entirely by the mind control of the Aemts.
1954 T. S. Eliot i. 33
No, Claude, he only teaches thought control. Mind control is a different matter.
1978 J. O'Neill Introd. 6
Their techniques of education and mind-control have become developed to the point where they can read another's thoughts.
1986 D. Koontz i. ii. 208
Intelligence organizations are not the only groups who're familiar with mind-control techniques. So are some crackpot religious cults, fanatical political fringe groups.
1916 25 311
This union of ideal and of idea, of value and mind-dependence is probably requiste for any form of idealism.
1952 61 102
In each point of view there is an ‘irreducible medium’—in idealism, ‘mind-dependence’ of the object of knowledge and, in realism, ‘mind-independence’ of the object of knowledge.
1994 44 378
Mohanty discusses the central place in Indian thought of the idea of mind dependence and the foundational nature of consciousness.
[1885 J. G. Whittier
Jacob Perkins, in drawing out diseases with his metallic tractors, was quite as successful as modern ‘faith and mind’ doctors.]
1890 W. James in Mar. 372
Simple commands were fruitless; but M. Janet at last hit upon an artifice, which shows how many resources the successful mind-doctor must possess.
1940 49 352
It is a book worth reading..because of her power to look afresh at what is done and what should be done by the mind-doctor.
They [sc. a rugby team] admit to twin crises of confidence and identity, so a mind-doctor seems to be a greater priority than a new chief coach.
1936 W. H. Auden 37
Every tramp's a landlord really In mind-events.
1982 P. C. Birkinshaw in
(Univ. Cape Town)
The influence referred to came from Europe, and is the Cartesian separation of language as a mind-event from speech as a body-event.
1861 J. B. Dalgairns i. 13
It is hard to say whether we know not more of mind-force..than of the strange aggregate of wondrous forces which we call matter.
1937 R. A. Wilson 82
The life-force, or mind-force..works within the sensuous material of the world.
1991 14 499
Set in seventeenth-century Africa, eighteenth-century New York, and nineteenth-century Louisiana, this book is the struggle between Doro, a mindforce, and Anyanwu, a shape-shifter.
1883 Dec. 636
Then the lunch bell rang, and mind-hunger was set aside for body-hunger.
1941 V. Woolf 22
No one ventured so long a journey, without staving off possible mind-hunger, without buying a book on a bookstall.
1647 T. Fuller iv. 25
There is such a gulfe of disproportion betwixt a Mind-malady and Body-medicines.
1894 May 833
Every now and again..the pangs of Little Billee's miserable mind-malady would shoot through him like poisoned arrows.
a1586 Sir P. Sidney
iv. sig. Ll5
Thinking perchaunce her feeling sence might call her mind partes vnto her.
1833 J. S. Mill 9 Mar.
So my case must be left to nature, I fear: there is no mind-physician who can prescribe for me, not even you, who could help whosoever is helpable.
1968 2 Oct. 475/1
‘But,’ some critic's sure to say, ‘This desire for amorous play In laboratory conditions Now is thought by mind-physicians To be just a new perversion Vitiating each assertion Based upon the normalcy Of your abnormality.’
1841 R. W. Emerson in Oct. 273
His, unlike those of most poets, are eye-pictures, not mind-pictures.
1945 R. Knox ix. 117
We are dealing..with mind-pictures.
1993 A. Gay
Mind-picture: her mother, towering from a toddler's perception, changing a story-cube for her daughters.
1940 W. S. Churchill
Untiring vigilance and mind-searching must be devoted to the subject.
1959 1 128
That Gissing had considerable mind-searchings over this incident we cannot doubt.
1858 J. Hollingshead in 10 July 79/1
The mind wanderings of poor Esther Barnard were of great importance in making out a case against him.
1890 W. James I. xi. 417
This reflex and passive character of the attention..never is overcome in some people, whose work, to the end of life, gets done in the interstices of their mind-wandering.
1925 C. Fox 335
Simply as a result of mind-wandering due to extraneous incentives or impulses of some other kinds of activity.
1994 J. Kelman 35
The present situation, the one he was in right now, that was what he was to examine; nay mind wanderings.
1861 F. Browne in 4 May 283/1
Yet over the prison-house at times, Great thoughts and voices go, That wake with the mind-world's mighty chimes, Their buried life below.
1890 W. James I. vi. 154
Somewhere, then, there is a transformation... The question is, Where—in the nerve world or in the mind-world?
1951 W. de la Mare 44
The world without; the mind-world in our head.
1988 35 393
The mind-world wherein the novel must be concretized is one of myth/reality, magic/not-so-magic structures of containment (castles, closets, huts), and heroic/anti-heroic exploits.
1961 21 Feb. a7
The scientist conceded that chemical counter-agents conceivably could be produced to nullify the effects of the mind-altering chemicals.
1999 A. Arensberg iv. x. 110
Had she..taken mind-altering drugs that could repeat without warning.
1597 T. Morley 116
What strange humor or mind-changing opinion tooke you this morning?
1956 A. Huxley 14 Mar.
Soma, in India, was taken only by the priests... I dare say some of the tropical takers of mind-changing stuff may have hit upon the Indian device independently.
1973 14 Oct. (Texas Mag.) 4/1
PDAP defines mind-changing chemicals as alcohol, all narcotics, marijuana and such organics as peyote, i.e., anything inducted into the body to alter the mind.
1995 25 Mar. 37/3
From the deliriously Duck Dunn bass-led ‘One Step Ahead’ to the proudly plush Velvets of ‘She Passes By’.., ‘Slipstream’ is a mind-changing, heart-warming delight.
1930 J. Laird xii. 284
By a mentefact, I mean that which is mind-constructed.
1940 49 428
The word as an element in language is a very special kind of fact,..as a thought-thing or mind-constructed thing.
1975 84 605
The world which we believe to exist and which we come to ‘know’ through scientific investigation is a mind-constructed world.
1796 F. Burney II. iv. v. 365
Time was when I would have changed with the poor mind-dependent Indiana!
1881 A. C. Fraser i. iii. 32
It is an argument for the phenomenal, and therefore mind-dependent, nature of the material world.
1927 7 56
Even if sense-data and images, or presentations, are taken to be existentially and qualitatively mind-dependent, to ‘inspect’ them will plainly be a process very different from that of noticing or scrutinizing mental operations.
1994 54 400
There is one sense in which reality is mind-dependent, i.e. reality as we understand it is intrinsically imbued with the categories of the mental.
1854 W. H. C. Hosmer Murdered Czar in II. 131
In vain the mind-destroying bowl Was brought his anguish to allay, No draught will ever from his soul The stain of murder wash away.
1886 R. B. Haldane & J. Kemp tr. A. Schopenhauer II. 211
A mere juggling with words, of which the most shocking example is afforded us by the mind-destroying Hegelism.
1993 A. Toffler & H. Toffler xxv. 251
Work, until now brutalizing and mind-destroying for most of those lucky enough to hold a job, can be transformed into something fulfilling and mind-enhancing.
1603 J. Florio tr. M. de Montaigne ii. xii. 340
The invention of them [sc. passages out of the Holy Bible] was..very fitly aplied to the defence of this goodly and mind-inchanting science [sc. the search for the Philosophers' stone].
1651 W. Denny Shepherd's Holiday in W. C. Hazlitt
Our shame-fac't embers kindle modest fire, Which mind-enchanting songs do quickly turn To rising flames.
a1586 Sir P. Sidney
i. ix. sig. F6v
These fantasticall mind-infected people, that children & Musitians cal Louers.
1939 R. Pitter 32
Could but one thought arise within That greatly-sculptured skull..Well might it be for all these millions Mind-infected, mother-betrayed.
1877 P. J. Bailey
The bard would tell How the soul stands with God, and the unseen Realities round us all; our angel kin, And spheres of heavenly life; the mind-made world, Without, within.
1924 5 306
These men saw life, society and government clearly and simply. Society and government were plastic, mind-made, man-made; there were no obstacles to reason.
1985 52 489
The mind-made relations which T. H. Green had defined as the hallmark of the real are shown to be as incurably contradictory as Kant's paralogisms, hence indeterminate and unreal.
1898 F. Hird
The existence of this mind-numbing slavery is only proved by careful examination into individual cases.
1971 28 Jan. 11/3
The cost of the gesture could be of mind-numbing proportions.
1998 4 May 30/2
The mind-numbing routine of sitting at the phone, ‘call sheets’ before him, hustling money.
[1875 Jan. 47
I thought of the strange mind-opening and knowledge-gaining of those years to youths brought up in the strict seclusion of the community.]
1966 T. Leary iii. 57
There exist in nature hundreds of botanical species with psychedelic (‘mind-opening’) powers.
1992 8 Oct. 5
A remarkable, mind-opening book.
1631 F. Quarles §2 8
In whose eares she brake This mind-perplexing secret.
1593 T. Nashe 10
I for-sooke all my immortall pleasures, and mind-rauishing melody.
I have seen your mind-ravishing form, O Lord!
1972 87 657
A kind of search, with implications for memory and the mind, seems fitting for so mind-searching a poet as Valéry was.
1587 W. Harrison Hist. Descr. Iland Brit.
ii. i. 138/1 in
Although manie curious mindsicke persons vtterlie condemne it as superstitious.
1616 J. Lane
i. ix. 139
The drowsie sonn (morn's mind sicke murner) rose.
1838 4 597
The mind-sick and restless monk resolved to carry his doubts to the very centre of faith.
1956 21 101
It is this mind-stretching quality of the book which makes it particularly valuable.
1998 22 Oct. 7
One of the most mind-stretching and inspirational books I've read in a long time.
a1586 Sir P. Sidney
ii. viii. sig. S7v
This noble-man..had bene so mind-striken by the beautie of vertue in that noble King.
1825 W. Tennant I. v. 22
My lady all mind-stricken with a dream!
1595 S. Daniel iii. xciv. sig. Q4v
O thou mind-tortring misery Restles ambition, borne in discontent.
1794 F. Burney 2 May
I cannot comprehend how you find time or strength for what overwhelmed me.., without any family toils, or mind-wearing difficulties.
1900 July 125/2
He repeats the blunders of the original compositors, even..a workman, mind-weary perhaps at the close of the day, has twice gone wrong on a terminal and transsexed Leonato into Leonata.
1923 U. L. Silberrad xiii. 264
But—I am tired! Foot-weary as well as mind-weary.
1982 28 Feb. 7
Flowing from those decisions there is already talk of breaking the ABM treaty to embark on the mindnumbingly expensive task of developing anti-missile missiles, a course that would drastically shift the current uneasy balance between the super-powers.
1993 Sept. 58/1
I'm mind-numbingly tired of reading, in article after article..about celebrities who ‘shun the Hollywood scene’.
6 Nov. 104
Spelling toils like a fiend to turn out what he unashamedly calls ‘mind candy’. He awakes at 6.30 a.m. to phone New York for the ratings.
1993 Jan. 108
This book is mind candy, nothing heavy.
1931 4 Nov. 494/2
Things and opinions change so quickly in these days that no one is going to crow over a graceful mind-changer.
1958 A. Huxley in 18 Oct. 110/3
Within a few years there will probably be dozens of powerful but—physiologically and socially speaking—very inexpensive mind-changers on the market.
1965 23 Sept. 465/1
It is a powerful mind-changer of the hallucinogenic variety.
1986 50 225
This error component may be thought of as the net effect of all those uncorrected-for not-homes, nonvoters, undecideds, and mind-changers, plus some random sampling errors.
1928 8 Dec. 4
The imaginative child should be dealt with carefully. Foster his little plays and the mind-child he has created.
1855 No. 11. 161/2
Mind-cure institutions are not often painted by their late inmates in such uniformly roseate colors, as the water-cure institutions.
1902 W. James iv. 94
A current..has recently poured over America..to which..I will give the title of the ‘Mind-cure movement’.
1984 D. Cupitt vi. 157
They are of what used to be called the ‘mind-cure’ type that seeks to relieve guilt and anxiety and to promote personal integration and a heightened self-awareness.
1992 17 May 43/2
Prominent among the late 19th-century ancestors of the recovery movement were the notion of ‘mind cure’ and the New Thought and Christian Science movements.
1856 C. M. Yonge ii. ix. 427
Dr. May, mind-curer, as well as body-curer.
1886 J. M. Buckley in June 234/1
In comparison with the Mormons, Spiritualists, Mind-curers , Roman Catholics, and Magnetizers, the Protestant Faith-Healers can accomplish as much, but no more.
1913 Jan. 145
Such is the conclusion of a mind-curer on rational lines.
1971 23 140
James admired the mind-curers because he assumed that, in spite of their defect of urging a conscious denial of sickness, evil and death, they emphasized ‘a form of regeneration by relaxing’.
1889 Nov. 968/2
This was beyond the reach of the Mind-Curists.
1904 May 80
That kind of giving up, of relaxation, which the Mind-Curist, the Christian Scientist, and the Hypnotizer..attempt to bring about.
1987 27 Dec. 1315/2
The same curiosity about the unconventional led to..a spirited defence of faith-healers, Christian Scientists and ‘mind-curists’.
[eOE tr. Bede
iv. xxxi. 374
[Bishop Eadberht] het ðæt hie þæt dydon ðy dæge, þe his gemynddæg wære and his forðfor.]
St. Euphrosyne 665 in C. Horstmann
Vche ȝeer þei don his mynde-day holde Anon to þis day.
1438 Will in
I bequeth for my mynde day xx li.
1603 J. Stow
Robert Chichley Grocer Maior 1422. appoynted..that on his minde day, a competent dinner should bee ordained for 2400 poore men.
1952 D. M. Jones v. 162
At every rounded apse-end where the flamens plead his death who is Best and Greatest on the mind-days when we mark with the white stone.
1890 W. James I. vi. 146
Evolutionary psychology demands a mind-dust.
1938 35 577
This reality is of the nature of feeling, only simpler. It is a mind-dust whose elements are specks or crumbs of sentience.
1990 4 215
The mind-dust argument, or something like it, has recently been revived by Thomas Nagel.
1932 L. E. Lawes ix. 327
I have more than a faint suspicion that a large part of our public dotes upon murders and murder trials and executions just as an equally emotional class of people find relaxation and mind food in the gross exaggerations of intimate life that come out of Reno or Hollywood.
1986 R. Pelton
Mind food and smart pills.
1994 D. Rushkoff xviii. 233
Carefully reading the ingredients on the cans of Durk and Sandy mind foods.
1998 S. Reynolds viii. 218
Techno artists..who wanted to make album-length, home-oriented electronic mindfood.
12 May d1/4
‘The mind frame of people’ is certainly to become more cautious.
1997 Dec. 3/2
I'm..beginning to nurture the artist in me and it is scary leaving the security of the 9 to 5 mindframe.
1905 5 May 4/4
‘I would suggest’, said Mr. Arthur Hallam, of the Psychotherapeutists or Mind-Healers, ‘that you come and see us at work.’
1938 H. G. Wells vi. 304
He began as an Osteopath but afterwards he became a Mind Healer—with Physical Exercises.
She went on to infiltrate and expose matrimonial agencies, baby selling, sham mesmerists, bribe-prone lobbyists, police courts, mind healers and washingmachine swindlers.
1826 H. Smith
The placid beauties of the country, in whose mind-healing influences he never failed to find consolation.
1883 Mrs. Eddy Let. in 7 Mar.
My discovery, in 1866, of the Science of Mind-healing, since named Christian Science.
1891 M. B. Eddy p. xi
The first school of Christian Science Mind-healing was begun..about the year 1867, with only one student.
1995 9 Apr. b1/2
Even Shanahan will indulge in some mind-healing escapism.
Josh. xxii. 10
Whanne thei weren comen to the mynde hyllis [L. tumulos] of Jordan.
1954 Jan. 105/1
Already the mind link was breaking.
1970 K. Laumer vi. 101
He could have..established a mind link with you in infancy, before the pattern of acculturation made such contact impossible.
1985 16 Oct. 63/3
Properly termed a voice/talk-activated word processor, this powerful machine would rival even Mr. Spock's ‘Vulcan mind link’.
1994 1 Jan. a 1/5
The idea behind the event..is to raise peace consciousness by uniting individuals in a ‘global mind-link’.
i. iii. 35/1
Euery masse syngynge is a specyall mynde makynge of Crystus passyon.
1987 3 Nov. 85/3
Mind maps can be used for almost anything—from planning the day, to taking notes, to organizing a presentation or simply exploring one's own thoughts.
1999 3 Oct. iii. 4/2
[He] encouraged them to speak freely about their boss, while teaching them to draw mind maps—visual tools that resemble family trees but link words, colors and pictures to express thoughts and ideas.
1968 J. M. Lucas 23 May 40
Mr.Spock,..he refuses to talk. I'll need you for the Vulcan mind-meld.
1975 L. Nimoy 106
Mr. Spock communicates with the Horta creature through the Vulcan mind-meld.
1994 Summer 20/3
I wish it could have been a week longer but, still,..I think we had a pretty good mind-meld. There's this whole other culture, this whole other way of being here, of being on the planet.
1984 2 June c9/1
It's revealed that Spock ‘mind-melded’ with Dr. McCoy (‘Bones’) before sacrificing himself to save the crew.
1988 S. McCrumb ii. 20
I'll find him if I have to mind-meld the desk clerk!
2000 24 July 45/3
The next [moment], he's mind-melding with an ABC News producer about educational technology initiatives.
1968 S. E. Whitfield in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry ii. v. 227
Another unique Vulcan ability exhibited by Spock is a type of ESP that the Vulcans refer to as ‘mind-melding’. He can merge his mind with that of another intelligence and can read its thoughts.
1991 1 v. 114/1
Kirk began to make allowances for Spock's reluctance to kill or his vegetarian preferences while taking advantage of his eidetic memory, elapsed time sense, or mind-melding ability.
2 Sept. b1
The drama is a result of mind-melding between..vice chairman, and..chairman of the business law department, whose vision was to create a teaching tool that didn't sound like Klingon to executives and directors.
c1449 R. Pecock
Pilgrimage in going to the memorialis or the mynde placis of Seintis.
1587 Sir P. Sidney & A. Golding tr. P. de Mornay v. 55
Neither the Sunne nor any thing vnder the Sunne, can well bee seene without the Sunne: likewise neither God nor any thing belonging to God can bee seene without God, how good eyesight or myndsight so euer wee haue.
1849 J. C. Hare II. 243
The more we gaze at them the more is our mindsight improved to discern them.
1930 E. Blunden ii. 22
The grace which the mind-sight of those merry young scholars awoke in him.
1947 S. Spender 27
She drinks his acres of light Which..Beyond mind-sight and eye-sight Reach a womb where his rays Penetrate her night.
1978 P. Audemars 102
He saw once again in his mindsight, with vivid and poignant clarity, some of that tranquil peace.
1878 W. K. Clifford in 3 65
Mind-stuff is the reality which we perceive as Matter. That element of which..even the simplest feeling is a complex, I shall call Mind-stuff. A moving molecule of inorganic matter does not possess mind, or consciousness; but it possesses a small piece of mind-stuff.
1930 A. O. Lovejoy viii. 272
Mind-stuff is not supposed to be the same kind of thing as either data or the awareness of them.
1937 E. Upward in C. Day Lewis 42
A poet's images or a novelist's characters are not created out of pure mind-stuff, but are suggested to him by the world in which he lives.
1983 M. Carrithers iii. 44
Poṭṭhapāda then changed tack, and proposed first a Self made not of material, but of mind-stuff, and then one of consciousness alone.
1995 Aug. 52/3
This altogether grander conception of telepathy saw it as an intangible binding force, ineluctably drawing together ‘mind-stuff’ from many quarters, both within and without the psyche of the individual.
c1449 R. Pecock
The remembraunce and mynde taking upon these vij maters is so necessarie a meene into the loue and drede of god.
Isa. lvii. 8
Behinde þe post þou settedest þi mynde tocne [a1425 L.V. memorial; L. memoriale].
1886 17 Dec. 559/1
Mr. Hodgson is now engaged..in some experiments on the subject of mind transference, or the occasional communication of mental impressions independently of ordinary perceptions.
1897 ‘M. Twain’ 317
Here was a clear case of mental telegraphy; of mind-transference.
1916 W. D. Howells 53
They used to talk..of clairvoyance; of what we call mind-transference, now; of weird coincidences of all kinds.
24 Sept. 1K
The police..convince a concerned child psychologist who has unique channeling abilities to hook herself up to the killer's brain via a spiffy looking mind-transference machine.
1894 28 Dec. 9/1
It is all a mind trick, that we are in better trim when we are incased in bones, and so we cling to the corset.
1973 R. R. Evans viii. 161
I began to lose confidence in my intellect... Everyone had a theory, and all defended their side of the story with every mind-trick they could muster.
I have to jump into the water at midnight on New Year's Eve... I try to resist each year but they use mind tricks to force me into it.
1972 R. Creeley Sitting up to fill Pages in
Sitting up to fill pages having written the poem following ‘ahead’. Allen's sense so echoes for me—those ‘mind trips’ he gives me the fact and responsibility of.
1977 30 Jan. a1/2
The week-long television movie of ‘Roots’, the eighth and final episode of which appears tonight, is both an extraordinary American history lesson and a mind trip back to slavery in which the viewers experience vicariously the roles of white masters and black slaves.
1990 22 Mar. 22/1
‘The Stone Roses’, the debut album..a mind-trip worth taking.
23 Feb. 7
The beer, wine and frivolity also provide Karl a chance to start mind tripping back into the past. So the film takes on the form of a series of flashback episodes.
1995 19 Feb. 6
Scientific researcher William Hurt..is going to end up de-evolving into an ape after spending too much time mind-tripping in a flotation tank?
1986 F. Peretti xxi. 202
Whoever holds the position now can be asked what connection he or she has with..this Universal Consciousness mind-tripping group.
1989 Autumn 61/1
The reading of Psalm 24 here resembles some kind of psyched-out, Afro-acidic mind-tripping.
23 July 78
Woodstock '94 concert Aug. 13–14 in Saugerties, N.Y., will get a chance to do a little mind-tripping, sans any illegal substances. Instead, the means will be provided in ‘The Surreal Field’, a six-acre interactive [etc.].
1995 10 Mar. 32/2
They are destined to meet, even if only as players in a well-oiled, mind-tripping game.
1992 R. Dawkins in
2 May 49
If the evolved parasite was the memic descendant of a long line of successful ancestors, we are entitled to expect the typical ‘mind virus’ to be pretty good at its job of getting itself sucessfully replicated.
1994 1 Sept. 7/2
‘St Jude provides confirmation for the existence of human mind viruses,’ they said. A Royal Mail spokesman said it was impossible to estimate the number of St Jude letters in circulation.
1999 13 Mar. 3/3
In its most extreme form, this view is that there is no ‘self’ or ‘I’ at the core of our psychological being—just a ragbag of replicating mind viruses and genetic predispositions.
1981 1 Apr. a15/1
Others spoke of mind warps to a limousine in Dallas in 1963 or a sidewalk in New York just three months ago when John Lennon fell.
1983 T. Hughes Starlings have Come in 13 Jan. 20/2
They wrap you Into their mind-warp, assembling a nightmare sky-wheel Of escape.
1994 27 Nov. 29
A happy, quiet sound-clash at a three-way intersection. The East Coast US hip-hop mind-warp of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, the vibrant collectivism of rival British sound system Soul II Soul, all came together to produce one of the most distinctive débuts of this or any other decade.
1908 30 Oct. 5/2
Juveniles..have to live through the mind-warping experience of bearing punishment for their own little faults, but at the same time watching those adults who are in charge of them enjoy the pleasures of sin without suffering any inconveniences at all.
1986 29 May 85
Tilley writes about an insectoid, mind-warping alien.
21 Aug. 8
His lawyer..demonstrates with mind-warping sophistry that opposing witnesses' testimonies are motivated not by honour but seething jealousy.
1845 P. J. Bailey
And as these specks of light great worlds will prove, When we approach them sometime free from flesh, So too our thoughts will become magnified To mindlike things immortal.
1940 49 414
The answer, ‘Our mind can grasp the world because the world is mind-like’ is a typical idealistic argument.
1953 J. S. Huxley iv. 89
All living substance has mental, or we had better say mind-like, properties.
1992 S. Rose iv. 86
Hence the failure of all the previous predictions about just when the AI people would come up with a really mind-like computer, regarded by the Wiener-enthusiasts of the early fifties as certain to arrive by the 1960's.
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In this entry:
- according to (also after) one's mind
- against the mind of (a person)
- bear a —— mind, to
- bear good mind to, to
- be in (also of, occasionally on) two minds (also in twenty minds, in (also of) several minds, etc.), to
- be in great mind (also of good mind or in a good mind), to
- be of (also in) (a) mind, to
- be of (also in) one (or a) mind, to
- be of a mind, to
- be of (another's) mind, to
- be of (occasionally in) many (also †divers) minds, to
- be of (rarely †in) mind, to
- be out of mind, to
- bored out of one's mind
- bring (also get, etc.) in mind, to
- bring to mind, to
- by (also according to) the mind of
- by one's mind
- change one's mind, to
- close one's mind, to
- come (also run) in mind, to
- come to mind, to
- eye of the mind, the
- fall, run to mind, to
- for one's mind's sake
- from mind
- from time out of mind
- fulfil one's mind (also to bring one's mind to pass), to
- give (also put, set, turn) one's mind to, to
- go of mind, to
- great minds think alike
- hang (also lie, etc.) on one's mind, to
- have a good (also great) mind, to
- have (also bear, keep, hold, etc.) in mind, to
- have (also obtain) one's mind, to
- have a mind of one's own, to
- have a mind, to
- have half a mind, to
- have mind of, to
- have mind of, to
- have mind on, to
- have mind upon, to
- have no mind, to
- have no mind, to
- have (something) in mind, to
- have two minds, to
- in good mind
- in mind
- in my mind
- in one's mind's eye
- keep in mind, to
- know one's own mind, to
- let (a person) know one's mind, to
- lose one's mind, to
- make mind, to
- man of mind
- meeting of (the) minds
- mind boggles, the
- mind candy
- mind control
- mind cure
- mind food
- mind frame
- mind hill
- mind like a sink (also sewer, cesspool), a
- mind link
- mind map
- mind of God, the
- mind over matter
- mind parts
- mind place
- mind token
- mind trick
- mind virus
- much (also mickle, great, etc.) mind
- my mind, to
- of good mind
- of mind
- of sound (or unsound) mind
- one's mind
- one's mind changes
- one's mind is (also runs) on
- one's mind is (like) a sink (also sewer, cesspool)
- one's mind's ear
- one's mind's eye
- one's mind, to
- only (or all) in the mind
- on one's mind
- open one's mind, to
- open one's mind, to
- open someone's mind, to
- out of (also without) mind
- out of mind
- out of mind
- out of mind
- out of one's mind
- out of sight, out of mind
- pass from (also out of) mind, to
- past one's mind
- pay mind, to
- put (a person) in mind, to
- put in mind (also in a mind), to
- put (something) out of mind (also out of one's mind), to
- set (also have, keep, turn) one's mind on, to
- set one's mind at ease, to
- set (something) out of mind, to
- since time out of mind
- speak one's mind, to
- spring to (one's) mind, to
- stoned (also bombed, pissed, etc.) out of one's mind
- take (also get, draw, etc.) one's mind off (from), to
- take mind to (also upon), to
- tell (a person) one's mind, to
- time of mind
- time of no mind
- time of which no mind is
- time out of (formerly also †a) mind
- time whereof no mind is to the contrary
- triumph (also supremacy, etc.) of mind over matter, the
- whole of mind
- with one mind
- without the mind of
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