1. the way two individuals relate to each other;
- Example: "their chemistry was wrong from the beginning -- they hated each other"
- Example: "a mysterious alchemy brought them together"
[syn: chemistry, interpersonal chemistry, alchemy]
2. a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Alchemy \Al"che*my\, n. [OF. alkemie, arquemie, F. alchimie, Ar. al-k[imac]m[imac]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. [1913 Webster] 2. A mixed metal composed mainly of brass, formerly used for various utensils; hence, a trumpet. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Put to their mouths the sounding alchemy. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Miraculous power of transmuting something common into something precious. [1913 Webster] Kissing with golden face the meadows green, Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Alchymistic Alchymist AlchymicWordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
alchemy n 1: 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, alchemy] 2: a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval timesMoby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
62 Moby Thesaurus words for "alchemy": 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, re-formation, reconversion, reduction, 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