What does Alchemy mean?

Definitions for Alchemyˈæl kə mi

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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


  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

  4. Origin: [OF. alkemie, arquemie, F. alchimie, Ar. al-kma, fr. late Gr. , for , a mingling, infusion, juice, liquid, especially as extracted from plants, fr. to pour; for chemistry was originally the art of extracting the juices from plants for medicinal purposes. Cf. Sp. alquimia, It. alchimia. Gr. is prob. akin to L. fundere to pour, Goth. guitan, AS. getan, to pour, and so to E. fuse. See Fuse, and cf. Chemistry.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alchemy

    Alchymy, al′ki-mi, n. the infant stage of chemistry, as astrology was of astronomy.—A chief pursuit of the alchemists was to transmute the other metals into gold, and to discover the elixir of life.—adj. Alchem′icn. Al′chemist, one skilled in alchemy. [Ar. Al-kīmīāal, the, and kīmīā—late Gr. chēmeia, 'transmution,' prob. as specially an Egyptian art, from Khem, the native name of Egypt; confused with Gr. chūmeia, pouring, from chein, to pour, hence the old spellings alchymy, chymistry.]

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."


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Alchemy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Alchemy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Henry Kissinger:

    Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.

  2. Harvey Weinstein:

    The alchemy is mine and Diane has been the leader ever since and it has been great.

  3. Pearl Buck:

    There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness.

  4. Edith Hamilton:

    None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.

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