mind-meld n.

a technique for the psychic fusion of two or more minds, permitting unrestricted communication or deep understanding; the act or an instance of doing this; cf. earlier mindlink n.

Earliest in Vulcan mind meld n.; see that entry for further examples.

Memory Alpha

Star Trek


  • 1968 J. M. Lucas Elaan of Troyius (Star Trek script, 23 May) 40

    Mr. Spock,…he refuses to talk. I’ll need you for the Vulcan mind-meld.

  • 1984 D. Duane My Enemy, my Ally vii. 98 Diane Duane bibliography

    The researcher at Levaeri determined that such abilities, the mind-techniques such as mindmeld and mindfusion and touch telepathy…could in fact be successfully passed on to the nontalented…by a procedure involving, among other things, selective neutral-tissue grafts to the corpus callosum and spinal cord.

  • 1986 J. M. Dillard Demons vii.128 J. M. Dillard

    Scott’s hands were holding his head—sort of the way you do it, sir, for the mind meld.

  • 1996 W. Shatner Return xliii. 321 William Shatner

    A mind-meld?…You will be able to draw strength from me.

  • 1997 W. Shatner Avenger iv. 32 William Shatner

    For a father and son not to share a mindmeld was almost unheard of in Vulcan society.

  • 1997 J. Vornholt Mind Meld iii. 50, John Vornholt

    I wish to practice the mind-meld.

  • 2006 S. M. Stirling Sky People xii. 255 S. M. Stirling

    Sorry, podna. l think you’re not her type—weren’t even before we did the mind-meld thing.

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antedating 1968

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Star Trek

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Added to the OED in September 2002.

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