noun, plural al·che·mies for 2, 3.
Origin of alchemy
Related formsal·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
Examples from the Web for alchemy
There is a sort of alchemy of the masala in some ways, and that journey is parallel to the emotional journey he takes.
He is also a successful author whose 2005 debut The Alchemy of Desire was published to wide acclaim.
Sarah Norris on the alchemy of being young and literary and finding your way in New York.
What will be the alchemy of Cowell, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, and Ellen DeGeneres this season?
Take Larry David, who recently walked into Alchemy restaurant in Edgartown following those rules closely.
Here Judith's image haunted him less persistently, here he could for a while forget all things except the secrets of alchemy.Mohawks, Volume 2 of 3|Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The poet and the scientist were brethren in the centuries of alchemy.The Art Of The Moving Picture|Vachel Lindsay
By love's alchemy we will gild each hour and day, so it will be a time of joyous hope, and life will be a continual feast-day.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13|Elbert Hubbard
Herbalism, alchemy, geomancy, and other magic arts owe their origin to this fountain-head of primitive superstition.The Japanese Spirit|Yoshisaburo Okakura
Heaven is very opulent; has alchemy to change the ugliest substances into beautifulest.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. IX. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for alchemy
noun plural -mies
Derived Formsalchemic (ælˈkɛmɪk), alchemical or alchemistic, adjective
Word Origin for alchemy
Science definitions for alchemy
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.
Culture definitions for alchemy
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.