Sympathetic powder
Sympathetic Sym`pa*thet"ic, a. [See {Sympathy}, and cf. {Pathetic}.] 1. Inclined to sympathy; sympathizing. [1913 Webster]

Far wiser he, whose sympathetic mind Exults in all the good of all mankind. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

2. Produced by, or expressive of, sympathy. [1913 Webster]

Ope the sacred source of sympathetic tears. --Gray. [1913 Webster]

3. (Physiol.) (a) Produced by sympathy; -- applied particularly to symptoms or affections. See {Sympathy}. (b) Of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system or some of its branches; produced by stimulation on the sympathetic nervious system or some part of it; as, the sympathetic saliva, a modified form of saliva, produced from some of the salivary glands by stimulation of a sympathetic nerve fiber. [1913 Webster]

{Sympathetic ink}. (Chem.) See under {Ink}.

{Sympathetic nerve} (Anat.), any nerve of the sympathetic system; especially, the axial chain of ganglions and nerves belonging to the sympathetic system.

{Sympathetic powder} (Alchemy), a kind of powder long supposed to be able to cure a wound if applied to the weapon that inflicted it, or even to a portion of the bloody clothes. --Dunglison.

{Sympathetic sounds} (Physics), sounds produced from solid bodies by means of vibrations which have been communicated to them from some other sounding body, by means of the air or an intervening solid.

{Sympathetic system} (Anat.), a system of nerves and nerve ganglions connected with the alimentary canal, the vascular system, and the glandular organs of most vertebrates, and controlling more or less their actions. The axial part of the system and its principal ganglions and nerves are situated in the body cavity and form a chain of ganglions on each side of the vertebral column connected with numerous other ganglions and nerve plexuses. [1913 Webster]


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  • sympathetic powder — noun : a powder held by alchemists to be a sovereign cure for a wound even if applied merely to blood from it or to the weapon inflicting it …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sympathetic — Sym pa*thet ic, a. [See {Sympathy}, and cf. {Pathetic}.] 1. Inclined to sympathy; sympathizing. [1913 Webster] Far wiser he, whose sympathetic mind Exults in all the good of all mankind. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2. Produced by, or expressive of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sympathetic ink — Sympathetic Sym pa*thet ic, a. [See {Sympathy}, and cf. {Pathetic}.] 1. Inclined to sympathy; sympathizing. [1913 Webster] Far wiser he, whose sympathetic mind Exults in all the good of all mankind. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2. Produced by, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sympathetic nerve — Sympathetic Sym pa*thet ic, a. [See {Sympathy}, and cf. {Pathetic}.] 1. Inclined to sympathy; sympathizing. [1913 Webster] Far wiser he, whose sympathetic mind Exults in all the good of all mankind. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2. Produced by, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sympathetic sounds — Sympathetic Sym pa*thet ic, a. [See {Sympathy}, and cf. {Pathetic}.] 1. Inclined to sympathy; sympathizing. [1913 Webster] Far wiser he, whose sympathetic mind Exults in all the good of all mankind. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2. Produced by, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sympathetic system — Sympathetic Sym pa*thet ic, a. [See {Sympathy}, and cf. {Pathetic}.] 1. Inclined to sympathy; sympathizing. [1913 Webster] Far wiser he, whose sympathetic mind Exults in all the good of all mankind. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2. Produced by, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Powder of sympathy — was a form of sympathetic magic, current in the 17th century in Europe, whereby a remedy was applied to the weapon that had caused a wound in the hope of healing the injury it had made. The method was first proposed by Rudolf Goclenius, Jr. and… …   Wikipedia

  • Sympathetic ink — Ink Ink, n. [OE. enke, inke, OF. enque, F. encre, L. encaustum the purple red ink with which the Roman emperors signed their edicts, Gr. ?, fr. ? burnt in, encaustic, fr. ? to burn in. See {Encaustic}, {Caustic}.] 1. A fluid, or a viscous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hermetic powder — noun : sympathetic powder …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ink powder — Ink Ink, n. [OE. enke, inke, OF. enque, F. encre, L. encaustum the purple red ink with which the Roman emperors signed their edicts, Gr. ?, fr. ? burnt in, encaustic, fr. ? to burn in. See {Encaustic}, {Caustic}.] 1. A fluid, or a viscous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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