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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Definitions for hypnagogic

  1. Of, pertaining to, or occurring in the state of drowsiness preceding sleep.

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Citations for hypnagogic
It is of course precisely in such episodes of mental traveling that writers are known to do good work, sometimes even their best, solving formal problems, getting advice from Beyond, having hypnagogic adventures that with luck can be recovered later on. Thomas Pynchon, New York Times
. . .the phenomenon of hypnagogic hallucinations, or what Mr. Alvarez describes as "the flickering images and voices that well up just before sleep takes over." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times
Origin of hypnagogic
1885-1890
Hypnagogic (sometimes spelled hypnogogic) ultimately derives from Greek hupnos, "sleep" + agogos, "leading," from agein, "to lead."