• WordNet 3.6
    • n obi a religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorcery; practiced in parts of the West Indies and tropical Americas
    • n obi (West Indies) followers of a religious system involving witchcraft and sorcery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Obi A charm or fetich.
    • n Obi A sash, esp. the long belt-like broad sash of soft material worn by women aound the waist when wearing a traditional kimono, and usually having a large bow at the back. "Over this is bound the large sash ( obi ) which is the chief article of feminine adornment."
    • Obi A species of sorcery, probably of African origin, practiced among the negroes of the West Indies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n obi A species of magical art or sorcery practised by the negroes in Africa, and formerly prevalent among those living in the West Indies, where it was introduced by African slaves. Traces of the same or similar superstitions and practices are still found both in the West Indies and in some of the southern United States. The charms used are bones, feathers, rags, and other trash, but it is upon a secret and skilful use of poison that the peculiar terror of the system is supposed to depend. The negroes have recourse to the obi for the cure of diseases, gratification of revenge, conciliation of enemies, discovery of theft, telling of fortunes, etc.
    • n obi The fetish or charm upon which the power of the obi is supposed to depend.
    • n obi A sash of some soft material, figured or embroidered in gay colors, worn by the women of Japan. It is a long strip of cloth about a foot wide, wound round the waist several times, and tied behind in a large bow, which varies in style according to the social condition of the wearer.
    • obi To bewitch by the practice of obi; charm for the cure of disease, for revenge, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Obi ō′bi a kind of sorcery practised by obeah-men and obeah-women among the negroes of the West Indies and United States, a survival of African magic: a fetish or charm—also O′bea, O′beah, O′by
    • n Obi ō′bi a broad, gaily embroidered sash worn by Japanese women.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. of African origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Iermak appointed Alatscha, an Ostiak prince, as chief of the tribes of the Obi.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
His mother and his baby sister called him Obie, and sweet was his name on their lips.
"Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
After resting for some time they were conducted to the palace of the dreaded Obie, king of the Eboe country.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
C. (17th August, 1875), and off the Obi to +8 deg.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Still the wretched trash gathered together for the obi-spell is not more ridiculous than the amulets of civilized Europe.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
After passing Tobolsk they entered the Obi, one of the largest rivers in Asia.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
You is too smart an don't believe in de Obi?
"Shoulder-Straps" by Henry Morford
Luther and Pascal were grand, and are grand still; the Obi is simply a poor half-witted creature.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Obi, a girdle or sash, 60, 435.
"Japanese Girls and Women" by Alice Mabel Bacon
My master at Akani Obi wants to speak with you.
"The White Queen of Okoyong" by W.P. Livingstone

In news:

' Meet Obie the obese Dachshund.
Chelsea's John Obi Mikel, left, in action, with referee Mark Clattenburg in the foreground.
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel was banned for three matches and fined 60,000 pounds ($96,400) on Thursday for confronting an English Premier League referee in the official's changing room.
Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley stars in the New York City premiere of Obie Award winner Samuel D Hunter's The Whale, about a 600-pound man trying to reclaim his life, beginning Oct 12 at Playwrights Horizons.
Among those is incoming freshman guard Obi Emegano.
Portland resident Nora Vanatta, Obie's foster mom, is upset that the rescue group she fostered him from is now trying to take him back.
Vanatta took in Obie in August, responding to a plea from Oregon Dachshund Rescue seeking someone to provide temporary foster care for him.
'Another Thing': Obie The Dachshund 's Big Slim-Down.
Portland's Obie, The Overweight Dachshund , On TODAY.
Obie the obese Dachshund .
Obie is a five-year-old 77-pound Dachshund whose elderly owners had to give him up because they were dealing with their own health issues.
Owner kicks off Facebook campaign to help 5-year-old Obie.
The driver, Oby Okoro, 46, Cjidechukwu Obioha, 7, both of the Bronx.
Rich and Kirk designed/fabricated the seat pan, then Obie Beaver covered the top with an alligator-pattern black leather insert.
David Henry Hwang's 1997 Obie Award-winning and Tony-nominated Golden Child, drawing on the playwright's own family history, returns to New York City in a new production by Signature Theatre Company.

In science:

Cm with associated nested subloops {Ai }m i=0 will be called orbitequivalent if Ai ∈ OBi , for 0 ≤ i ≤ m.
Random generators of given orders and the smallest simple Moufang loop
In this section we first introduce an auxiliary Hamilton-Jac obi-Bellman (HJB) equation, then we present main result of this paper, fin ally we give economic and financial interpretations of the main result.
Optimal dividend and investing control of a insurance company with higher solvency constraints
One can check this formula by applying various contractions and reducing it to eq. (20); an alternative method is to note that Obi is a Wigner D function for isospin 1, and using the Clebsch–Gordan machinery.
On semi-classical pion production in heavy ion collisions
Obi−→ PN (Γ) ⊗CΓ M1 Consider the induced sequence PN (Γ) ⊗CΓ M0 viously p is surjective as p is surjective.
Dimension theory of arbitrary modules over finite von Neumann algebras and applications to $L^2$-Betti numbers