philosopher's stone


Definition of philosopher's stone

: an imaginary stone, substance, or chemical preparation believed to have the power of transmuting baser metals into gold and sought by alchemists broadly : an elusive or imaginary key to success

called also philosophers' stone

Examples of philosopher's stone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fantastical adventures to secure the coveted philosopher's stone and restore their own bodies then ensue. Nick Romano,, "The best anime on Netflix right now," 18 Sep. 2020 Yes, alchemists have tried to create the philosopher's stone. Washington Post, "Inside the lab of an alchemy expert," 18 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of philosopher's stone

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Philosopher's stone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of philosopher's stone

: an imaginary substance that people in the past believed had the power to change other metals into gold

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