elixir

 /ɪˈlɪksə/

ⓘ One or more forum threads is an exact match of your searched term. Click here.


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
e•lix•ir /ɪˈlɪksɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. an imaginary preparation believed to be capable of prolonging life, or of changing ordinary metal into gold.
  2. something that can cure all ills.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
e•lix•ir  (i liksər), 
n. 
  1. Drugs[Pharm.]a sweetened, aromatic solution of alcohol and water containing, or used as a vehicle for, medicinal substances.
  2. Also called elixir of life. an alchemic preparation formerly believed to be capable of prolonging life.
  3. an alchemic preparation formerly believed to be capable of transmuting base metals into gold.
  4. the quintessence or absolute embodiment of anything.
  5. a panacea;
    cure-all;
    sovereign remedy.
Etymology:
  • Late Greek xé̄rion drying powder (for wounds), equivalent. to Greek xēr(ós) dry + -ion, neuter of -ios adjective, adjectival suffix
  • Arabic al iksīr alchemical preparation
  • Medieval Latin
  • Middle English 1350–1400


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

elixir /ɪˈlɪksə/ n
  1. an alchemical preparation supposed to be capable of prolonging life indefinitely (elixir of life) or of transmuting base metals into gold
  2. anything that purports to be a sovereign remedy; panacea
  3. an underlying principle; quintessence
  4. a liquid containing a medicinal drug with syrup, glycerine, or alcohol added to mask its unpleasant taste
Etymology: 14th Century: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic al iksīr the elixir, probably from Greek xērion powder used for drying wounds, from xēros dry



'elixir' also found in these entries:
Advertisements

Download free Android and iPhone apps

Android AppiPhone App

Report an inappropriate ad.