American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A coloring or dyeing substance; a pigment.
- n. An imparted color; a tint.
- n. A quality that colors, pervades, or distinguishes.
- n. A trace or vestige: "a faint tincture of condescension” ( Robert Craft).
- n. An alcohol solution of a nonvolatile medicine: tincture of iodine.
- n. Heraldry A metal, color, or fur.
- v. To stain or tint with a color.
- v. To infuse, as with a quality; impregnate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The color with which anything is imbued or impregnated; natural or distinctive coloring; tint; hue; shade of color.
- n. In heraldry, one of the metals, colors, or furs used in heraldic achievements. The metals are or (gold) and argent (silver); the colors, gules (red), azure (blue), sable (black), vert (green), purpure (purple), sanguine or murrey (blood-red), and tenné or tenney (tawny, orange); and the furs, ermine, ermines, erminois, pean, vair, counter-vair, potent, and counter-potent. (See these words, and also
fur, 7.) Of the colors, the first three are the most common, and the last two are very exceptional. Sable is considered by some writers as partaking of the nature both of metal and of color. In modern usage (from the sixteenth century), in representations in black and white, as by engraving, argent is indicated by a plain surface, and the other tinctures by conventional arrangements of lines, etc., as in the cut. A law of heraldry seldom violated provides that the tincture of a bearing must be a metal if the field is a color, and vice versa. See false heraldry, under false.
- n. Something exhibiting or imparting a tint or shade of color; colored or coloring matter; pigment.
- n. Infused or derived quality or tone; distinctive character as due to some intermixture or influence; imparted tendency or inclination: used of both material and immaterial things; in alchemy, etc., a supposed spiritual principle or immaterial substance whose character or quality may be infused into material things, then said to be tinctured : as, tincture of the “Red Lion.”
- n. A shade or modicum of a quality or of the distinctive quality of something; a coloring or flavoring; a tinge; a taste; a spice; a smack: as, a tincture of garlic in a dish.
- n. A fluid containing the essential principles or elements of some substance diffused through it by solution; specifically, in medicine, a solution of a vegetable, an animal, or sometimes a mineral substance, in a menstruum of alcohol, sulphuric ether, or spirit of ammonia, prepared by maceration, digestion, or (now most commonly) percolation. Tinctures are also often prepared, especially on the continent of Europe, by the addition of alcohol to the expressed juices of plants. According to the menstruum, tinctures are distinguished as alcoholic, ethereal, and ammoniated tinctures; and when wine is used they are called
medicated wines. Compound tincturesare those in which two or more ingredients are submitted to the action of the solvent. Simple tinctures are such as contain the essential principles of but one substance in solution.
- n. Bitter tincture.
- To imbue with color; impart a shade of color to; tinge; tint; stain.
- To give a peculiar taste, flavor, or character to; imbue; impregnate; season.
- To taint; corrupt.
- n. A pigment or other substance that colours or dyes.
- n. A tint, or an added colour.
- n. heraldry A colour or metal used in the depiction of a coat of arms.
- n. An alcoholic extract of plant material, used as a medicine.
- n. humorous A small alcoholic drink.
- n. An essential characteristic.
- v. to stain or impregnate (something) with colour
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A tinge or shade of color; a tint.
- n. (Her.) One of the metals, colors, or furs used in armory.
- n. 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.
- n. (Med.) A solution (commonly colored) of medicinal substance in alcohol, usually more or less diluted; spirit containing medicinal substances in solution.
- n. A slight taste superadded to any substance.
- n. A slight quality added to anything; a tinge.
- v. To communicate a slight foreign color to; to tinge; to impregnate with some extraneous matter.
- v. To imbue the mind of; to communicate a portion of anything foreign to; to tinge.
- v. stain or tint with a color
- n. an indication that something has been present
- n. a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
- n. a substances that colors metals
- v. fill, as with a certain quality
- n. (pharmacology) a medicine consisting of an extract in an alcohol solution
- Middle English, from Latin tinctura, from the verb tingo. Compare tint, taint. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin tīnctūra, a dyeing, from tīnctus, past participle of tingere, to dye. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Expect to be audited by the government, and expect your auditors to be hired based on skin tincture, not ability.”
“Thy tincture is that of the buffalo, and all souls shudder at thy sight.”
“First, that in all other parts of Europe the ancient language subsisted after the conquest, and at length incorporated with that of the conquerors; whereas in England the Saxon language received little or no tincture from the Welsh; and it seems, even among the lowest people, to have continued a dialect of pure Teutonic to the time in which it was itself blended with the Norman.”
“Which reminds me of the word tincture, and not just because I was born on 4/20.”
“And among them, one of the most valued is referred to as tincture of time.”
“A teaspoonful of the tincture is a sufficient dose with one or two tablespoonfuls of cold water, three times in the day.”
“This remedy is known as the tincture of _Apis mellifica_.”
“Foxglove acts much more powerfully than the spirituous tincture, which is eight times stronger, and from this fact it may fairly be inferred that the presence of alcohol, as in the tincture, directly opposes the specific action of the plant.”
“The acetic solution and the tincture are the cleanliest and most agreeable preparations, but all are equally efficacious in destroying both the creatures and their eggs, and even in relieving the intolerable itching which their casual presence leaves behind on many sensitive skins.”
“The tincture is a valuable and safe family medicine, useful to strengthen the digestive organs and increase the appetite.”
The Cherokee Physician, or Indian Guide to Health, as Given by Richard Foreman, a Cherokee Doctor; Comprising a Brief View of Anatomy, With General Rules for Preserving Health without the Use of Medicines. The Diseases of the U. States, with Their Symptoms, Causes, and Means of Prevention, are Treated on in a Satisfactory Manner. It Also Contains a Description of a Variety of Herbs and Roots, Many of which are not Explained in Any Other Book, and their Medical Virtues have Hitherto been Unknown to the Whites; To which is Added a Short Dispensatory.
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