Definition of Houdini

1. Noun. United States magician (born in Hungary) famous for his ability to escape from chains or handcuffs or straitjackets or padlocked containers (1874-1926).

Exact synonyms: Erik Weisz, Harry Houdini
Generic synonyms: Escape Expert, Escapologist

Definition of Houdini

1. Proper noun. The magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. ¹

2. Noun. An escape artist. ¹

3. Verb. to appear, vanish, or escape a difficult situation quickly. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Houdini

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Literary usage of Houdini

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1. Subjective Concepts of Humans: Source of Spiritistic Manifestations by John J. Donnelly (1922)
"For months houdini made himself friendly with the elephant, ... By houdini hypnotizing the elephant all concepts of humans owned by the elephant would be ..."

2. Adventures with Books and Autographs by George Steele Seymour (1920)
"If houdini had confined himself to his title-task, his book would have had ... But in the telling, houdini takes us with him to the shrines which he visited ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Robert houdini was the first to bring real scientific methods to the aid of modern ... Progress,' 1905) ; houdini, 'Unmasking of Robert houdini' (1908); ..."

4. Proceedings of the American Society for Psychical Research by American Society for Psychical Research (1919)
"86-7) : A small iron tank, filled with water, was deposited upon the stage, and in it houdini was placed, the water completely covering his body. ..."

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