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a substance sought by alchemists that would be capable of transmuting baser metals into gold or silver and of prolonging life.
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Origin of philosophers' stone
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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How to use philosophers' stone in a sentence
It was only natural in that century that he should turn his thoughts toward alchemy and the philosophers stone.Rambles in Brittany|Francis Miltoun
And though a man be poor, yet may he very well attain unto it, and may be employed to make the Philosophers Stone.Of Natural and Supernatural Things|Basilius Valentinus
Secondly, of the Philosophers Stone, what is meant by it, and whether by means thereof true Gold can be produced?
Fourthly, what the celebrated Philosophers Stone was among the Ancients, and what they understood by the same?
A rich and well-stored mind is the only true philosophers stone, extracting pure gold from all the base material around.The Dixie Book of Days|Matthew Page Andrews
British Dictionary definitions for philosophers' stone
a stone or substance thought by alchemists to be capable of transmuting base metals into gold
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Cultural definitions for philosophers' stone
The stone or material that practitioners of alchemy believed capable of changing other metals into gold.
notes for philosopher's stone
Figuratively, the “philosopher's stone” is a substance thought to be capable of regenerating man spiritually.
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