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alchemy

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noun al·che·my \ˈal-kə-mē\

Simple Definition of alchemy

  • : a science that was used in the Middle Ages with the goal of changing ordinary metals into gold

  • : a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way

Full Definition of alchemy

  1. 1 :  a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life

  2. 2 :  a power or process of transforming something common into something special

  3. 3 :  an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting

al·chem·i·calplay \-mi-kəl\ also al·chem·ic play \al-ˈke-mik\ adjective
al·chem·i·cal·ly play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of alchemy

  1. She practiced her alchemy in the kitchen, turning a pile of vegetables into a delicious salad.

  2. The company hoped for some sort of economic alchemy that would improve business.



Origin of alchemy

Middle English alkamie, alquemie, from Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French alkimie, from Medieval Latin alchymia, from Arabic al-kīmiyā', from al the + kīmiyā' alchemy, from Late Greek chēmeia


First Known Use: 14th century


ALCHEMY Defined for Kids

alchemy

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noun al·che·my \ˈal-kə-mē\

Definition of alchemy

  1. :  a science that was used in the Middle Ages with the goal of changing ordinary metals into gold




Medical Dictionary

alchemy

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noun al·che·my \ˈal-kə-mē\

Medical Definition of alchemy

plural al·che·mies

  1. :  the medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy whose aims were the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for diseases, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life

  2. al·che·mist \-məst\play noun
    al·che·mis·tic \ˌal-kə-ˈmis-tik\play or al·che·mis·ti·cal \-ti-kəl\play adjective




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