Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • In the eternal quest for a fountain of youth, no elixir is beyond the realm of consideration.

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  • Petrea, and some little also by her calling her elixir poison, threw upon her a look of great displeasure, and devoted herself to the weeping and bleeding Petrea.

    The Home

  • The recent sessions with the "elixir" -a mixture of blood, ground pearl, mercury, sulfur, and several herbs Alinor couldn't identify-had generated vast amounts of psychic energy, powers which Al-Hazim could not see, and which Alinor had thought at first that he was probably not aware of.

    Omnibus

  • Like the elusive "elixir" - from the word al-iksir of the Arab alchemists - for changing base metal into gold, Muslim science altered medieval Christendom beyond recognition.

    Informed Comment

  • In case you're not in the know, "single barrel" means that unlike most whiskeys, which are blended and bottled from several different barrels in which the elixir has been aging, each bottle comes from one specially selected barrel that's determined by the distiller to be (barrel) head and shoulders above the rest of the batch.

    Tony Sachs: When the Leaves Turn Brown, So Does the Booze: Three New Whiskeys for Autumn

  • At the grill, Anna and Jeremy meet up as Damon spies on them, setting up another flashback of Pearl, Katherine, and Damon discussing the sheriff buying the vervain elixir.

    OBS RECAPS & REVIEWS: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES EPISODE 13: CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED | Open Society Book Club Discussions and Reviews

  • All wrong for the drink that writer E.B. White called the elixir of quietude.

    Shake Or Stir, But Please Don't Sweeten

  • The special ingredients of his elixir were a few crushed cherry and eucalyptus leaves that he scavenged from the trash behind the neighborhood apothecary's shop.

    Stalling

  • The main ingredient in the elixir is the Sangiovese grape, which is the soul of Chianti wine.

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  • Wading through the elixir was a calculated risk we both understood.

    Stork Naked

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  • *groan!*

    October 28, 2009

  • *snort*

    October 27, 2009

  • Elixir? 'E 'ardly knows 'er!

    October 27, 2009

  • Hiroshima Prefecture and Manifold Pressure.

    August 15, 2009

  • And it fully restores your HP and MP. =)

    August 15, 2009

  • such a beautiful word!

    November 15, 2008