Definition of Tincture

1. Noun. A substances that colors metals.

Generic synonyms: Color, Coloring Material, Colour, Colouring Material
Specialized synonyms: Argent
Derivative terms: Tinge

2. Verb. Fill, as with a certain quality. "The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide"
Exact synonyms: Impregnate, Infuse, Instill
Generic synonyms: Fill, Fill Up, Make Full
Derivative terms: Infusion

3. Noun. An indication that something has been present. "A tincture of condescension"
Exact synonyms: Shadow, Trace, Vestige
Specialized synonyms: Footprint
Generic synonyms: Indicant, Indication

4. Verb. Stain or tint with a color. "The leaves were tinctured with a bright red"
Generic synonyms: Tinct, Tinge, Tint, Touch

5. Noun. A quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color. "After several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
Exact synonyms: Shade, Tint, Tone
Generic synonyms: Color, Coloring, Colour, Colouring
Specialized synonyms: Mellowness, Richness, Tinge, Undertone
Derivative terms: Tint, Tone, Tone

6. Noun. (pharmacology) a medicine consisting of an extract in an alcohol solution.

Definition of Tincture

1. n. A tinge or shade of color; a tint; as, a tincture of red.

2. v. t. To communicate a slight foreign color to; to tinge; to impregnate with some extraneous matter.

Definition of Tincture

1. Noun. A pigment or other substance that colours or dyes. ¹

2. Noun. A tint, or an added colour. ¹

3. Noun. (heraldry) A colour or metal used in the depiction of a coat of arms. ¹

4. Noun. An alcoholic extract of plant material, used as a medicine. ¹

5. Noun. (humorous) A small alcoholic drink. ¹

6. Noun. An essential characteristic. ¹

7. Verb. to stain or impregnate (something) with colour ¹

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Definition of Tincture

1. to tinge [v -TURED, -TURING, -TURES] - See also: tinge

Medical Definition of Tincture

1. 1. A tinge or shade of colour; a tint; as, a tincture of red. 2. One of the metals, colours, or furs used in armory. 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 colours 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. 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. 4. A solution (commonly coloured) of medicinal substance in alcohol, usually more or less diluted; spirit containing medicinal substances in solution. According to the United States Pharmacopoeia, 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. Ethereal tincture, a solution of medicinal substance in ether. 5. A slight taste superadded to any substance; as, a tincture of orange peel. 6. A slight quality added to anything; a tinge; as, a tincture of French manners. "All manners take a tincture from our own." (Pope) "Every man had a slight tincture of soldiership, and scarcely any man more than a slight tincture." (Macaulay) Origin: L. Tinctura a dyeing, from tingere, tinctum, to tinge, dye: cf. OE. Tainture, teinture, F. Teinture, L. Tinctura. See Tinge. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tincture

tincture (current term)
tincture of iodine
tincture of opium
tinder box

Literary usage of Tincture

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1. A French-English Dictionary for Chemists by Austin McDowell Patterson (1921)
"ammoniacale de quinine, ammoniated tincture of quinine. ... de baume de Tolu, tincture of tolu. — de cachou, compound tincture of gambir, tincture of ..."

2. American Druggist (1888)
"A percolate obtained by running a quantity of water, equal to half the quantity of the original tincture, through the marc from the BPC formula, ..."

3. Pharmaceutical Journal by Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (1846)
"Rectified spirit is a very good solvent of aloe, and is used in making its compound tincture under the form of tincture of ..."

4. Medical Lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science : Containing a Concise by Robley Dunglison (1848)
"E, tincture of Nux Vomica. (Alcohol, sg .*37, f. 3 j; Dry Extract of Nux Vomica, 3 gr.) Dose, gU- v to xxx in cases where the nux vomica is indicated. ..."

5. Commercial Organic Analysis: A Treatise on the Properties, Proximate by Alfred Henry Allen (1892)
"Potassium and ammonium bromides are extensively used in factitious paregoric. The proportion of alcohol in compound tincture of camphor is 1 WD Mason ..."

6. Commercial Organic Analysis: A Treatise on the Properties, Proximate by Alfred Henry Allen (1892)
"COMPOUND tincture OP CAMPHOR, BP, is the formal designation of the preparation ... These names were adopted as official synonyms for compound tincture of ..."

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