Definitions for Alchemyˈæl kə mi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

al•che•myˈæl kə mi(n.)(pl.)-mies.

  1. a form of chemistry and speculative philosophy of the Middle Ages that attempted to discover an elixir of life and a method for transmuting base metals into gold.

  2. any seemingly magical process of transmuting ordinary materials into something of true merit.

Origin of alchemy:

1325–1375; ME alkamye < OF alquemie < ML alchymia < Ar al the +kīmiyā' < LGk chēmeía,chymeía alchemy

al•chem′i•cal•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chemistry, interpersonal chemistry, alchemy(noun)

    the way two individuals relate to each other

    "their chemistry was wrong from the beginning -- they hated each other"; "a mysterious alchemy brought them together"

  2. alchemy(noun)

    a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times

Wiktionary

  1. alchemy(Noun)

    The ancient search for a universal panacea, and of the philosopher's stone, that eventually developed into chemistry

  2. alchemy(Noun)

    The causing of any sort of mysterious sudden transmutation.

  3. alchemy(Noun)

    Any elaborate transformation process or algorithm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alchemy(noun)

    an imaginary art which aimed to transmute the baser metals into gold, to find the panacea, or universal remedy for diseases, etc. It led the way to modern chemistry

  2. Alchemy(noun)

    a mixed metal composed mainly of brass, formerly used for various utensils; hence, a trumpet

  3. Alchemy(noun)

    miraculous power of transmuting something common into something precious

Freebase

  1. Alchemy

    Alchemy is an influential philosophical tradition whose early practitioners' claims to profound powers were known from antiquity. The defining objectives of alchemy are varied; these include the creation of the fabled philosopher's stone, the ability to transform base metals into the noble metals, gold or silver; and the elixir of life, which confers youth and longevity. Western alchemy is recognized as a protoscience that contributed to the development of modern chemistry and medicine. Alchemists developed a framework of theory, terminology, experimental process and basic laboratory techniques that are still recognizable today. But alchemy differs from modern science in the inclusion of Hermetic principles and practices related to mythology, magic, religion, and spirituality.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Alchemy

    the early analysis of substances which has in modern times developed into chemistry, and which aimed chiefly at the discovery of the philosopher's stone, of a universal solvent, and of the elixir of life; it has been defined to be "an art without art, which has its beginning in falsehood, its middle in toil, and its end in poverty."

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