from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sweetened aromatic solution of alcohol and water, serving as a vehicle for medicine.
- n. See philosophers' stone.
- n. A substance believed to maintain life indefinitely. Also called elixir of life.
- n. A substance or medicine believed to have the power to cure all ills.
- n. An underlying principle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A liquid which converts lead to gold.
- n. A liquid which is believed to cure all ills and gives eternal life.
- n. A sweet flavored liquid (usually containing a small amount of alcohol) used in compounding medicines to be taken by mouth in order to mask an unpleasant taste.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tincture with more than one base; a compound tincture or medicine, composed of various substances, held in solution by alcohol in some form.
- n. An imaginary liquor capable of transmuting metals into gold; also, one for producing life indefinitely.
- n. The refined spirit; the quintessence.
- n. Any cordial or substance which invigorates.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In alchemy, a soluble solid substance which was believed to have the property of transmuting baser metals into silver or gold and of prolonging life.
- n. In medicine, formerly, a tincture with more than one base; in modern pharmacy, an aromatic, sweetened, spirituous preparation containing small quantities of active medicinal substances.
- n. The inmost principle; absolute embodiment or exemplification.
- To give the character of an elixir to.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. hypothetical substance that the alchemists believed to be capable of changing base metals into gold
- n. a sweet flavored liquid (usually containing a small amount of alcohol) used in compounding medicines to be taken by mouth in order to mask an unpleasant taste
- n. a substance believed to cure all ills
Middle English, a substance of transmutative properties, from Old French elissir, from Medieval Latin elixir, from Arabic al-'iksīr : al, the + 'iksīr, elixir (probably from Greek xērion, desiccative powder, from xēros, dry).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin elixir, from Arabic الإكسير (al-’iksīr), from Ancient Greek ξήριον ("medicinal powder"), from ξηρός ("dry"). (Wiktionary)