tincture

noun
tinc·​ture | \ ˈtiŋ(k)-chər How to pronounce tincture (audio) \

Definition of tincture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic solvent
2a : a characteristic quality : cast
b : a slight admixture : trace a tincture of doubt
3a : color, tint
b archaic : a substance that colors, dyes, or stains
4 : a heraldic metal, color, or fur
5 obsolete : an active principle or extract

tincture

verb
tinctured; tincturing\ ˈtiŋ(k)-​chə-​riŋ How to pronounce tincturing (audio) , -​shriŋ \

Definition of tincture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to tint or stain with a color : tinge
2a : to infuse or instill with a property or entity : impregnate
b : to imbue with a quality : affect writing tinctured with wit and wisdom

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Synonyms & Antonyms for tincture

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Noun

Tincture derives from the same root as "tint" and "tinge" - the Latin verb tingere, meaning "to moisten or dip." "Tincture" specifically derives via Middle English from the Latin tinctus, the past participle of "tingere." When the word first appeared in English in the 14th century, "tincture" referred to a coloring matter or dye, but by the 17th century the word had acquired a number of additional meanings, including "a slight infusion or trace of something." "Tinge" and "shade" are two other words referring to color that can be used the same way. "Tincture" can also refer, among other things, to the colors used in a coat of arms or an herbal or medicinal solution.

Examples of tincture in a Sentence

Noun a ragged shirt that seemed to be stained with the tincture of blood Verb clouds tinctured by the rays of the setting sun
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As tinctures or teas, lemon balm, ashwagandha and skullcap can be used as supplements to help with anxiety,reduce cortisol levels, and possibly reduce depression symptoms. Keyaira Kelly, Essence, "Stress Awareness Month Tips That Will Help You Reconnect With Yourself And The Women Around You," 2 Apr. 2020 But to date, the law allows only oils, extracts and tinctures, which, measured by demand, are just 30 percent of the market. David Segal, New York Times, "North Macedonia Waits for a Green Light, and a Lucrative High," 25 Mar. 2020 Collectively, the companies have suggested that colloidal silver, essential oils, herbal tinctures, and teas can prevent or treat COVID-19. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "FDA, FTC slam 7 companies selling bogus COVID-19 cures," 11 Mar. 2020 Seek inspiration in the spice cabinet Calagione assesses spices, herbs, or culinary ingredients by making teas or tinctures. Joshua M. Bernstein, Popular Mechanics, "Home-Brewing Isn’t a Science—It’s an Art. Here's How to Make Your Own Masterpiece," 26 Feb. 2020 The patients would receive medical cannabis cards to obtain the products, which would be capsules, gels, tinctures, liquids, oils, vapors, or inhalers. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "What’s in Alabama’s draft bill on medical marijuana?," 19 Dec. 2019 This facility once focused on just oils and tinctures. David Segal, New York Times, "North Macedonia Waits for a Green Light, and a Lucrative High," 25 Mar. 2020 The products cited in the warning letters are teas, essential oils, tinctures and colloidal silver. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, "Coronavirus live updates: Italy expands lockdown to entire country," 9 Mar. 2020 The genetics and sophistication underlying the U.S. cannabis industry lead to better-quality and higher-potency flowers for those who smoke marijuana and innovations in oils, tinctures and edibles. Author: Markian Hawryluk, Anchorage Daily News, "America’s marijuana growers are the best in the world, but federal laws are keeping them out of global markets," 28 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The orchestral arrangements are tinctured with dissonance; sustained synthesizer tones slide on and off pitch, feeling precarious. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Nine Inch Nails Faces the Pandemic With Hope, Despair and Noise," 31 Mar. 2020 To avoid a rush at the pharmacy, Capitol Wellness Solutions scheduled appointments for patients to pick up the liquid tinctures that will be the first medical marijuana product available — bottles that come with a dropper for patients to use. Washington Post, "Louisiana launching medical marijuana after years of waiting," 6 Aug. 2019 To avoid a rush at the pharmacy, Capitol Wellness Solutions scheduled appointments for patients to pick up the liquid tinctures that will be the first medical marijuana product available — bottles that come with a dropper for patients to use. Melinda Deslatte, BostonGlobe.com, "Louisiana launching medical marijuana after years of waiting," 6 Aug. 2019 That sartorial elegance bespoke a deep embrace of tradition, tinctured with just the right amount of satire to be amusing. Roger Kimball, WSJ, "Tom Wolfe Had the Right Stuff," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of tincture

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

Verb

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tincture

Noun

Middle English, from Latin tinctura act of dyeing, from tinctus, past participle of tingere to tinge

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“Tincture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tincture. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for tincture

tincture

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How to pronounce tincture (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tincture

technical : a medicine that is made of a drug mixed with alcohol

tincture

noun
tinc·​ture | \ ˈtiŋ(k)-chər How to pronounce tincture (audio) \

Medical Definition of tincture

: a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic or hydroalcoholic menstruum — compare liquor sense b

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