Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A practitioner of alchemy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who practices alchemy.
  • n. One who blends material or substances in the nature or supposed nature of alchemy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who practices alchemy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who practises or is versed in alchemy. Formerly also spelled alchymist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one who was versed in the practice of alchemy and who sought an elixir of life and a panacea and an alkahest and the philosopher's stone

Etymologies

From Old French alquemiste (French alchimiste), from Medieval Latin alchimista. See alchemy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Whether Jabir counts as scientist or alchemist is an open question: within a generation, real science, intense scholarship and a palpable curiosity about the physical world began to emerge.

    Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science by Jim al-Khalili – review

  • The word alchemist suddenly recalled the Archdeacon Claude Frollo to his mind.

    V. Sequel of the Mishap. Book II

  • I wondered if from one of those dark windows she were looking forth anxiously for succour, and I called the alchemist to my side and bade him send up a fire balloon as a signal that help was at hand.

    Romance of Roman Villas (The Renaissance)

  • It appears more probable, however, either that Lully the alchemist was a personage distinct from the Lully whose life we have sketched above, or that the alchemistic writings attributed to him are forgeries of a similar nature to the works of pseudo-Geber (§ 32).

    Alchemy: Ancient and Modern

  • Samuel Brown, called the alchemist by chemists, and a few others.

    Authors and Friends

  • Brown, called the alchemist by chemists, and a few others.

    Authors and Friends

  • Of all dreams, that of the alchemist is the most poetical, for he looked at the finest symbol.

    At Home And Abroad Or, Things And Thoughts In America and Europe

  • In cases where self-interest and ambition are the basis of this peculiarity of temperament, and in an age when the conjuror and the alchemist were the companions and even the idols of princes, it is easy to trace the steps by which a gifted sage retains his ascendancy among the ignorant.

    The Martyrs of Science, or, The lives of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler

  • Through a kind of alchemist's magic, the same sort of engine that was laboring to hold up the Boeing model could produce a comfortable margin of lifting power for Lockheed Martin.

    Uncle Sam Buys an Airplane

  • But all who were worthy of the title of "alchemist" realised at times, more or less dimly, the possibility of the application of the same methods to man and the glorious result of the transmutation of man's soul into spiritual gold.

    Alchemy: Ancient and Modern

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  • This word is from the arabic for "The Chemist".

    August 14, 2007

  • A mountebank practice unsubstantiated medicine as an alchemist practices unsubstantiated science

    August 13, 2007