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
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Example sentences from the Web for alchemistic
He read an alchemistic meaning into the ancient fables concerning the Egyptian and Greek gods and heroes.
Probably the most celebrated of all alchemistic books is the work known as Triumph-Wagen des Antimonii.
He was the author of a large number of mathematical, philosophical, and alchemistic treatises.De Re Metallica|Georgius Agricola
Its elements would not be finer, were they the golden and potent stars of alchemistic and astrological dreams.
We have shown that modern science indicates the essential truth of alchemistic doctrine, and our task is ended.
British Dictionary definitions for alchemistic
noun plural -mies
Derived forms of alchemyalchemic (ælˈkɛmɪk), alchemical or alchemistic, adjective
Word Origin for alchemy
Scientific definitions for alchemistic
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 alchemistic
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.