alchemy

If your favorite but perpetually losing team picks up a couple of new players and the result is suddenly an unbeatable combo, that's alchemy — any seemingly magical act involving the combining of elements into something new.

In medieval times alchemy meant the mysterious science of trying to convert one form of matter into another using fire, potions, spells, and all kind of other tricks. Alchemists often got a bad rap for their obsession with trying to turn base metals into gold, but in fact true alchemy was concerned with a far loftier ideal — that of finding a "universal elixir" that could overcome death.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: alchemy

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n
a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times
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n
the way two individuals relate to each other
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: alchemy
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n a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times

Type of:
pseudoscience
an activity resembling science but based on fallacious assumptions
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n the way two individuals relate to each other

“a mysterious alchemy brought them together”
Synonyms:
chemistry, interpersonal chemistry
Type of:
social relation
a relation between living organisms (especially between people)
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