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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
alchemy
noun
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▪ But it is a remarkable feat of alchemy indeed.
▪ For this reason, Bachelard refers ironically to Sartre's phenomenology as a belated form of alchemy.
▪ Here was perhaps the nearest thing to alchemy that had ever been seen in the field of politics.
▪ In particular in the sophisticated world of alchemy, the resonances of chemical and other truths were of the utmost importance.
▪ Newton had indeed been inspired by theories of sympathies and antipathies in alchemy and Hermetic philosophy.
▪ This leads him to focus on the twelfth century, and the mysteries connected with alchemy and the Order of the Temple.
▪ Varo collected pre-Columbian art, studied eastern religions and was fascinated by the occult and alchemy, in particular.
▪ You may be versed in necromancy, and steeped in alchemy, and schooled in the ancient cruel arts of your realm.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Alchemy

Alchemy \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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
alchemy

mid-14c., from Old French alchimie (14c.), alquemie (13c.), from Medieval Latin alkimia, from Arabic al-kimiya, from Greek khemeioa (found c.300 C.E. in a decree of Diocletian against "the old writings of the Egyptians"), all meaning "alchemy." Perhaps from an old name for Egypt (Khemia, literally "land of black earth," found in Plutarch), or from Greek khymatos "that which is poured out," from khein "to pour," related to khymos "juice, sap" [Klein, citing W. Muss-Arnolt, calls this folk etymology]. The word seems to have elements of both origins.Mahn ... concludes, after an elaborate investigation, that Gr. khymeia was probably the original, being first applied to pharmaceutical chemistry, which was chiefly concerned with juices or infusions of plants; that the pursuits of the Alexandrian alchemists were a subsequent development of chemical study, and that the notoriety of these may have caused the name of the art to be popularly associated with the ancient name of Egypt. [OED]The al- is the Arabic definite article, "the." The art and the name were adopted by the Arabs from Alexandrians and thence returned to Europe via Spain. Alchemy was the "chemistry" of the Middle Ages and early modern times; since c.1600 the word has been applied distinctively to the pursuit of the transmutation of baser metals into gold, which, along with the search for the universal solvent and the panacea, were the chief occupations of early chemistry.

Wiktionary
alchemy

n. (label en uncountable) The ancient search for a universal panacea, and of the philosopher's stone, that eventually developed into chemistry.

WordNet
alchemy
  1. n. a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times

  2. 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" [syn: chemistry, interpersonal chemistry]

Wikipedia
Alchemy (Yngwie Malmsteen album)

Alchemy is the fifth studio album by Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force and Malmsteen's eleventh album overall, released on 23 November 1999 through Pony Canyon (Japan) and Spitfire Records (United States).

Alchemy (disambiguation)

Alchemy was an early protoscientific practice and may also refer to:

Alchemy (microarchitecture)

The Alchemy (microarchitecture) is a low power microprocessor design developed by Alchemy Semiconductor implementing the MIPS32 instruction set by MIPS Technologies. The first and only processor implementing it is the Au1 Central processing unit.

Alchemy (novel)

Alchemy (released in 2004) is a novel for older children by the New Zealand author Margaret Mahy.

Alchemy (comics)

Alchemy (Thomas 'Jellybeans' Jones) is a fictional British mutant appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Alchemy, created by British comic book fan Paul Betsow, was the winning entry of a contest held by Marvel Comics for the best fan-created character. Marvel agreed to publish the winning character in an issue of New Mutants. However, Alchemy eventually first appeared in X-Factor (1st series) #41 instead.

Alchemy (video game)

Alchemy is a computer puzzle game from PopCap Games. This title can be played for free online at various websites minus some components, or a full version can be downloaded and unlocked for a fee. On mobile devices, the game can only be played if downloaded for a fee.

Alchemy (Leah Andreone album)

Alchemy is Leah Andreone's second full-length album. It contains the song "Lamentation", which was used on the FOX network television show So You Think You Can Dance.

Alchemy (Third Ear Band album)

Alchemy is an album released in 1969 by the Third Ear Band.

Alchemy (film)

Alchemy is a 2005 film starring Tom Cavanagh and Sarah Chalke. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2005. The film did not have a wide release in movie theaters, so its big public premiere was on television, on ABC Family on October 7, 2005. It was written and directed by Evan Oppenheimer.

Alchemy

Alchemy is a philosophical and protoscientific tradition practiced throughout Europe, Egypt and Asia. It aimed to purify, mature, and perfect certain objects. Common aims were chrysopoeia, the transmutation of " base metals" (e.g., lead) into " noble" ones (particularly gold); the creation of an elixir of immortality; the creation of panaceas able to cure any disease; and the development of an alkahest, a universal solvent. The perfection of the human body and soul was thought to permit or result from the alchemical magnum opus and, in the Hellenistic and western tradition, the achievement of gnosis. In Europe, the creation of a philosopher's stone was variously connected with all of these projects.

In English, the term is often limited to descriptions of European alchemy, but similar practices existed in the Far East, the Indian subcontinent, and the Muslim world. In Europe, following the 12th-century Renaissance produced by the translation of Arabic works on science and the Recovery of Aristotle, alchemists played a significant role in early modern science (particularly chemistry and medicine). Islamic and European alchemists developed a structure of basic laboratory techniques, theory, terminology, and experimental method, some of which are still in use today. However, they continued antiquity's belief in four elements and guarded their work in secrecy including cyphers and cryptic symbolism. Their work was guided by Hermetic principles related to magic, mythology, and religion.

Modern discussions of alchemy are generally split into an examination of its exoteric practical applications and its esoteric spiritual aspects, despite the arguments of scholars like Homyard and von Franz that they should be understood as complementary. The former is pursued by historians of the physical sciences who examine the subject in terms of protochemistry, medicine, and charlatanism. The latter interests historians of esotericism, psychologists, and some philosophers and spiritualists. The subject has also made an ongoing impact on literature and the arts. Despite this split, which von Franz believes has existed since the Western traditions' origin in a mix of Greek philosophy that was mixed with Egyptian and Mesopotamian technology, numerous sources have stressed an integration of esoteric and exoteric approaches to alchemy as far back as Bolus of Mendes's 3rd-century  On Physical and Mystical Matters .

Alchemy (Richard Lloyd album)

Alchemy is the debut solo album of Television guitarist, Richard Lloyd. It was released in 1979, one year after the breakup of Television and the release of their second album, Adventure. Trouser Press called it "a gem of a solo album." Its title track was a minor New York FM radio hit.

Lloyd's backing band on the album featured a number of notable New York musicians, including guitarist James Mastro (later of the Bongos), Television bassist Fred Smith and drummer Vinny DeNunzio, formerly of the Feelies. Producer Michael Young later added guitar and synthesizer overdubs to some tracks, which Lloyd stated that he strenuously opposed at the time.

Alchemy (company)

Alchemy (formerly Millennium Entertainment) was an American independent global film distributor based in Los Angeles, California. The company acquired and distributed feature films, television series and specialty programming. Its former staff includes marketing and distribution specialist Brooke Ford and Andy Gruenberg.

Alchemy (event)

Alchemy is a burn event operated according to the 10 Principles of Burning Man held annually in the early fall. Alchemy was first held in 2007 and grew quickly to become the largest regional burn in the United States and second largest in the world in 2012. In 2013, the event cap was lowered by approximately 1,000. However the 2014 cap is set at 3,200 participants as was the 2015 cap.

Until 2016, Alchemy was held at Cherokee Farms, a private campground in La Fayette, Georgia, approximately 100 miles northwest of Atlanta. Alchemy 2016 will take place in Bowden, Georgia at Little Big Jam. This year's ticket cap is 2,700.

Alchemy and its sister event Euphoria are now managed by the Georgia non-profit Flashpoint Artists Initiative.

With the exception of a few contracted services, Alchemy and Flashpoint Artists Initiative are 100% volunteer managed.

Year

Theme

Participants

Location

2007

none

374

Cherokee Farms - Lafayette, GA

2008

none

656

Cherokee Farms - Lafayette, GA

2009

Shock and Awe

992

Cherokee Farms - Lafayette, GA

2010

Skeleton Key

1727

Cherokee Farms - Lafayette, GA

2011

Mutagenesis

2791

Cherokee Farms - Lafayette, GA

2012

Choose Your Own Adventure

3499 (max. tickets).

Cherokee Farms - Lafayette, GA

2013

Catalyst

2501 (max. tickets)

Cherokee Farms - Lafayette, GA

2014

Tabula Rasa

3200

Cherokee Farms - Lafayette, GA

2015

Amalgamation

3200

Cherokee Farms - Lafayette, GA

2016

Decadence

2700

Little Big Jam - Bowden, GA

Usage examples of "alchemy".

It has been proposed that these words refer to a sort of alchemy for farming, and that therefore agrichemicals are some especial sort of manure.

Besides the Cathars, the region was, and always has been, a centre of alchemy, and several villages attest to the alchemical preoccupations of its former residents, notably Alet-les-Bains near Limoux, where the houses are still decorated with esoteric symbolism.

Haeffner, Mark,The Dictionary of Alchemy , Aquarian Press, Wellingborough, 1991.

He learned sword-fighting and riding, swimming and diving, how to shoot with the bow and play on the recorder and the theorbo, how to hunt the stag and cut him up when he was dead, besides Cosmography, Rhetoric, Heraldry, Versification, and of course History, with a little Law, Physic, Alchemy, and Astronomy.

Then was created the jargon of alchemy, a continual deception for the vulgar herd, greedy of gold, and a living language for the true disciples of Hermes alone.

And so of course he must eulogize alchemy, astrology, primitive participation, etc.

There was a suspicion that this Fid had poisoned Yang, for his talent related to alchemy, and he could make potions do sinister things.

The three schools lay in a narrow band along the line, piled high over its power, and beyond them Gracile could see the tops of trees and the tiniest bit of roof of the low Alchemy building.

The manuscript writing consisted of the common traditional symbols used today in astronomy and anciently in alchemy, astrology, and other dubious arts--the devices of the sun, moon, planets, aspects, and zodiacal signs--here massed in solid pages of text, with divisions and paragraphings suggesting that each symbol answered to some alphabetical letter.

To the extent that either attempts to escape the flatland interlocking order at all, they do so by regression to agrarian alchemy, magico-mythic animism, astrology, horticultural planting mythology, or foraging human-nature indissociationall of which is based, of course, on the new physics.

Though not gifted with the strength and suppleness of a great humorist, he had an intermingled sweetness and brightness beyond even the alchemy of Addison.

This English knight was at different periods of his life an admiral, a theologian, a critic, a metaphysician, a politician, and a disciple of Alchemy.

IT is well known that alchemy preceded chemistry and hence the Secreta came first.

But by some unguessable alchemy the ruts had been refilled with the stalagmitic stuff, restoring the perfect squareness of the hewn blocks.

In transvestic terms, the search for the Erotic Mother takes the form of alchemy, for when he cross-dresses, the CD is unconsciously attempting to transform his ordinary longing and unremarkable maleness into a thing of great beauty: the very embodiment of the Erotic Mother.