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Alchemy vs. Magic

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Alchemynoun

(uncountable) The ancient search for a universal panacea, and of the philosopher's stone, that eventually developed into chemistry.

Magicnoun

The application of rituals or actions, especially those based on occult knowledge, to subdue or manipulate natural or supernatural beings and forces in order to have some benefit from them

Alchemynoun

(countable) The causing of any sort of mysterious sudden transmutation.

Magicnoun

A specific ritual or procedure associated with such magic; a spell.

Alchemynoun

Any elaborate transformation process or algorithm.

Magicnoun

The supernatural forces which are drawn on in such a ritual

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Alchemynoun

An imaginary art which aimed to transmute the baser metals into gold, to find the panacea, or universal remedy for diseases, etc. It led the way to modern chemistry.

Magicnoun

Something producing successful and remarkable results, especially when not fully understood; an enchanting quality; exceptional skill.

Alchemynoun

A mixed metal composed mainly of brass, formerly used for various utensils; hence, a trumpet.

‘Put to their mouths the sounding alchemy.’;

Magicnoun

A conjuring trick or illusion performed to give the appearance of supernatural phenomena or powers.

Alchemynoun

Miraculous power of transmuting something common into something precious.

‘Kissing with golden face the meadows green,Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy.’;

Magicnoun

Complicated or esoteric code that is not expected to be generally understood.

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Alchemynoun

a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times

Magicadjective

Having supernatural talents, properties or qualities attributed to magic.

‘a magic wand; a magic dragon’;

Alchemynoun

the way two individuals relate to each other;

‘their chemistry was wrong from the beginning -- they hated each other’; ‘a mysterious alchemy brought them together’;

Magicadjective

Producing extraordinary results, as though through the use of magic; wonderful, amazing.

‘a magic moment’;

Alchemynoun

the medieval forerunner of chemistry, concerned with the transmutation of matter, in particular with attempts to convert base metals into gold or find a universal elixir

‘occult sciences, such as alchemy and astrology’;

Magicadjective

Pertaining to conjuring tricks or illusions performed for entertainment etc.

‘a magic show; a magic trick’;

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Alchemynoun

a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination

‘finding the person who's right for you requires a very subtle alchemy’;

Magicadjective

(colloquial) Great; excellent.

‘— I cleaned up the flat while you were out. — Really? Magic!’;

Alchemy

Alchemy (from Arabic: al-kīmiyā; from Ancient Greek: khumeía) is an ancient branch of natural philosophy, a philosophical and protoscientific tradition that was historically practiced in China, India, the Muslim world, and Europe. In its Western form, alchemy is first attested in a number of pseudepigraphical texts written in Greco-Roman Egypt during the first few centuries CE.Alchemists attempted to purify, mature, and perfect certain materials.

Magicadjective

(physics) Describing the number of nucleons in a particularly stable isotopic nucleus; 2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82, 126, and 184.

Magicadjective

(programming) Being a literal number or string value with no meaning or context, not defined as a constant or variable

‘The code is full of magic numbers and we can't figure out what they mean.’;

Magicverb

(transitive) To produce, transform (something), (as if) by magic.

Magicnoun

A comprehensive name for all of the pretended arts which claim to produce effects by the assistance of supernatural beings, or departed spirits, or by a mastery of secret forces in nature attained by a study of occult science, including enchantment, conjuration, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, incantation, etc.

‘An appearance made by some magic.’;

Magicnoun

The art of creating illusions which appear to the observer to be inexplicable except by some supernatural influence; it includes simple sleight of hand (legerdemain) as well as more elaborate stage magic, using special devices constructed to produce mystifying effects; as, the magic of David Copperfield. It is practised as an entertainment, by magicians who do not pretend to have supernatural powers.

Magicadjective

Pertaining to the hidden wisdom supposed to be possessed by the Magi; relating to the occult powers of nature, and the producing of effects by their agency.

Magicadjective

Performed by, or proceeding from, occult and superhuman agencies; done by, or seemingly done by, enchantment or sorcery; as, a magical spell.

‘The painter's magic skill.’;

Magicnoun

any art that invokes supernatural powers

Magicnoun

an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

Magicadjective

possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers;

‘charming incantations’; ‘magic signs that protect against adverse influence’; ‘a magical spell’; ‘'tis now the very witching time of night’; ‘wizard wands’; ‘wizardly powers’;

Magicnoun

the power of apparently influencing events by using mysterious or supernatural forces

‘suddenly, as if by magic, the doors start to open’;

Magicnoun

mysterious tricks, such as making things disappear and reappear, performed as entertainment

‘his parents bought him a magic set for Christmas’;

Magicnoun

a quality of being beautiful and delightful in a way that seems remote from daily life

‘the magic of the theatre’;

Magicnoun

exceptional skill or talent

‘he's been working his magic on New Zealand movies for the past two decades’;

Magicadjective

having or apparently having supernatural powers

‘a magic wand’;

Magicadjective

very effective in producing the desired results

‘confidence is the magic ingredient needed to spark recovery’;

Magicadjective

wonderful; exciting

‘it was a great time, magic’;

Magicverb

move, change, or create by or as if by magic

‘he must have been magicked out of the car at the precise second it exploded’;

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