philosophers' stone
noun see philosopher's stone

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • philosophers' stone — or philosopher s stone n. an imaginary substance sought for by alchemists in the belief that it would change base metals into gold or silver …   English World dictionary

  • philosophers' stone — stone that geniuses of alchemy supposed would change simple metals into gold …   English contemporary dictionary

  • philosophers'stone — phi·los·o·phers stone also phi·los·o·pher s stone (fĭ lŏsʹə fərz) n. A substance that was believed to have the power of transmuting base metal into gold. Also called elixir. * * * …   Universalium

  • philosophers' stone — Alchemy. a substance sought by alchemists that would be capable of transmuting baser metals into gold or silver and of prolonging life. Also, philosopher s stone. [1350 1400; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • philosophers' stone — philos′ophers (or philos′opher s) stone n. a substance sought by alchemists that would be capable of transmuting baser metals into gold or silver and of prolonging life • Etymology: 1350–1400 …   From formal English to slang

  • philosophers' stone — noun hypothetical substance that the alchemists believed to be capable of changing base metals into gold • Syn: ↑philosopher s stone, ↑elixir • Hypernyms: ↑substance …   Useful english dictionary

  • philosophers' egg — noun 1. a. : the first matter of the philosophers stone composed of salt, sulfur, and mercury b. : gripe s egg 2. : a medicine made of saffron and the yolk of an egg and once …   Useful english dictionary

  • Stone Bridge Press —  Ne doit pas être confondu avec Stonebridge Press. Stone Bridge Press Création 1989 Fondateurs Peter Goodman …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Philosopher's stone — The philosopher s stone ( la. lapis philosophorum; Greek: chrysopoeia ) is a legendary substance, supposedly capable of turning inexpensive metals into gold; it was also sometimes believed to be an elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and… …   Wikipedia

  • philosopher's stone — noun hypothetical substance that the alchemists believed to be capable of changing base metals into gold • Syn: ↑philosophers stone, ↑elixir • Hypernyms: ↑substance * * * noun [singular] : an imaginary substance that people in the past believed… …   Useful english dictionary

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