noun, plural al·che·mies for 2, 3.
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Origin of alchemy
OTHER WORDS FROM alchemyal·chem·ic [al-kem-ik] /ælˈkɛm ɪk/, al·chem·i·cal, al·che·mis·tic [al-kuh-mis-tik] /ˌæl kəˈmɪs tɪk/, al·che·mis·ti·cal, adjectiveal·chem·i·cal·ly, adverb
Words nearby alchemy
Example sentences from the Web for alchemic
The will of God is the alchemic crucible: and the dross which is cast therein is matter.
Jealousy / Hath in it an alchemic force to fuse / Almost into one metal love and hate.
And all the while that alchemic progenitor of mine kept up his mysterious winking and nodding.The Laughing Mill and Other Stories|Julian Hawthorne
Here, probably, he stored his alchemic books and those treasures of the Tradescants which he gave to Oxford.Haunted London|Walter Thornbury
He was thinking of an old man who had installed an alchemic laboratory on the fifth floor of a house in the rue Saint Jacques.L-bas|J. K. Huysmans
British Dictionary definitions for alchemic
noun plural -mies
Derived forms of alchemyalchemic (ælˈkɛmɪk), alchemical or alchemistic, adjective
Word Origin for alchemy
Scientific definitions for alchemic
A Closer Look
Because their goals were so unrealistic, and because they had so little success in achieving them, the practitioners of alchemy in the Middle Ages got a reputation as fakers and con artists. But this reputation is not fully deserved. While they never succeeded in turning lead into gold (one of their main goals), they did make discoveries that helped to shape modern chemistry. Alchemists invented early forms of some of the laboratory equipment used today, including beakers, crucibles, filters, and stirring rods. They also discovered and purified a number of chemical elements, including mercury, sulfur, and arsenic. And the methods they developed to separate mixtures and purify compounds by distillation and extraction are still important.
Cultural definitions for alchemic
A science (no longer practiced) that sought to transform one chemical element into another through a combination of magic and primitive chemistry. Alchemy is considered to be the ancestor of modern chemistry.