Tincture Tinc"ture, n. [L. tinctura a dyeing, from tingere, tinctum, to tinge, dye: cf. OE. tainture, teinture, F. teinture, L. tinctura. See {Tinge}.] 1. A tinge or shade of color; a tint; as, a tincture of red. [1913 Webster]

2. (Her.) One of the metals, colors, or furs used in armory. [1913 Webster]

Note: There are two metals: gold, called or, and represented in engraving by a white surface covered with small dots; and silver, called argent, and represented by a plain white surface. The colors and their representations are as follows: red, called gules, or a shading of vertical lines; blue, called azure, or horizontal lines; black, called sable, or horizontal and vertical lines crossing; green, called vert, or diagonal lines from dexter chief corner; purple, called purpure, or diagonal lines from sinister chief corner. The furs are ermine, ermines, erminois, pean, vair, counter vair, potent, and counter potent. See Illustration in Appendix. [1913 Webster]

3. The finer and more volatile parts of a substance, separated by a solvent; an extract of a part of the substance of a body communicated to the solvent. [1913 Webster]

4. (Med.) A solution (commonly colored) of medicinal substance in alcohol, usually more or less diluted; spirit containing medicinal substances in solution. [1913 Webster]

Note: According to the United States Pharmacop[oe]ia, the term tincture (also called alcoholic tincture, and spirituous tincture) is reserved for the alcoholic solutions of nonvolatile substances, alcoholic solutions of volatile substances being called spirits. [1913 Webster]

{Ethereal tincture}, a solution of medicinal substance in ether. [1913 Webster]

5. A slight taste superadded to any substance; as, a tincture of orange peel. [1913 Webster]

6. A slight quality added to anything; a tinge; as, a tincture of French manners. [1913 Webster]

All manners take a tincture from our own. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Every man had a slight tincture of soldiership, and scarcely any man more than a slight tincture. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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