A tincture is a trace or indication that reveals the presence of something. In pharmacology, a tincture is type of medicine extracted from a plant in an alcohol solution.

There are many meanings to the word tincture, but most of them involve something that leaves a trace or residue. A barrel-aged drink could have a tincture of oak. After a breakup, seeing an old flame could leave a tincture of sadness. When making drugs, a tincture is created by soaking a plant in an alcohol solution: traces of the plant are absorbed into the alcohol, creating medicine. The root is the Latin word tinctura, "act of dying or tingeing."

Primary Meanings of tincture

a substance that colors metals
stain or tint with a color
(pharmacology) a medicine consisting of an extract in an alcohol solution
Full Definitions of tincture

n a substance that colors metals

a metal tincture used in heraldry to give a silvery appearance
Type of:
color, coloring material, colour, colouring material
any material used for its color

n an indication that something has been present

“a tincture of condescension”
shadow, trace, vestige
a trace suggesting that something was once present or felt or otherwise important
Type of:
indicant, indication
something that serves to indicate or suggest

n a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

shade, tint, tone
a soft shade of a color
a strong deep vividness of hue
tinge, undertone
a pale or subdued color
Type of:
color, coloring, colour, colouring
a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect

v stain or tint with a color

“The leaves were tinctured with a bright red”
Type of:
tinct, tinge, tint, touch
color lightly

v fill, as with a certain quality

“The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide”
impregnate, infuse, instill
Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense

n (pharmacology) a medicine consisting of an extract in an alcohol solution

iodine, tincture of iodine
a tincture consisting of a solution of iodine in ethyl alcohol; applied topically to wounds as an antiseptic
used especially in treating bruises
Type of:
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine
(medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease

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