Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of ALCHEMY

Pronunciation:  'alkumee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times
  2. [n]  the way two individuals relate to each other; "their chemistry was wrong from the beginning -- they hated each other"; "a mysterious alchemy brought them together"

ALCHEMY is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: chemistry, interpersonal chemistry
 See Also: pseudoscience, social relation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Al"che*my\, n. [OF. alkemie, arquemie, F. alchimie, Ar.
al-k[=i]m[=i]a, fr. late Gr. ?, for ?, a mingling, infusion,
? juice, liquid, especially as extracted from plants, fr. ?
to pour; for chemistry was originally the art of extracting
the juices from plants for medicinal purposes. Cf. Sp.
alquimia, It. alchimia. Gr. ? is prob. akin to L. fundere to
pour, Goth. guitan, AS. ge['o]tan, to pour, and so to E.
fuse. See {Fuse}, and cf. {Chemistry}.]
1. An imaginary art which aimed to transmute the baser metals
   into gold, to find the panacea, or universal remedy for
   diseases, etc. It led the way to modern chemistry.

2. A mixed metal composed mainly of brass, formerly used for
   various utensils; hence, a trumpet. [Obs.]

         Put to their mouths the sounding alchemy. --Milton.

3. Miraculous power of transmuting something common into
   something precious.

         Kissing with golden face the meadows green, Gilding
         pale streams with heavenly alchemy.   --Shak.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Alchemy is a sign of change, inner change. You might be going through a period of transformation, which will not be always easy, but the rewards will be greater than the pain.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: about-face, assimilation, assumption, becoming, bewitchery, change, change-over, charm, conversion, divination, enchantment, fetishism, flip-flop, glamour, gramarye, growth, hoodoo, juju, jujuism, lapse, magic, natural magic, naturalization, necromancy, obeah, passage, progress, reconversion, reduction, re-formation, resolution, reversal, rune, shamanism, shift, sorcery, sortilege, spell, spellbinding, spellcasting, switch, switch-over, sympathetic magic, thaumaturgia, thaumaturgics, thaumaturgism, thaumaturgy, theurgy, transformation, transit, transition, turning into, vampirism, volte-face, voodoo, voodooism, wanga, white magic, witchcraft, witchery, witchwork, wizardry