- 1A medicine made by dissolving a drug in alcohol: the remedies can be administered in form of tinctures [mass noun]: a bottle containing tincture of iodineMore example sentences
- Skin should be prepared with 1 or 2 percent tincture of iodine or povidone iodine for incision, suture and collection of blood for culture.
- Having said that, my last ear infection was treated in part with a tincture of vinegar and medicine suspended in oil (yes, I dropped vinaigrette in my ear).
- In 1944, I used to treat my Parkinsonism patients with tincture of stramonium (from jimsonweed) which was the only drug that we had.
- 1.1British • informal An alcoholic drink: he’s a rough diamond, especially after a tincture or twoMore example sentences
- All I do is play interminable rounds of golf, quaff the odd tincture or two, fiddle a bit on the heavenly exchange, and so on.
- Thus, I read last week that Denis had been in the habit of referring to drinks by a number of peculiar names such as tinctures or even snorterinos.
- On a lunch-time it's never been easier to walk up the Shambles and its lying-in-wait cobbles since the early hours of the morning when balance aforethought may have been slightly influenced by a few tipsy tinctures.
- 2A slight trace of something: she could not keep a tincture of bitterness out of her voiceMore example sentences
- The moon cast long fingers across their pale faces, splashing argent tinctures over a thousand powdered cheeks.
- This is a rather odd interpretation of the film since the barest tincture of right-wing patriotism as a theme is nowhere to be found in it.
verb(be tinctured) Back to top
- Be tinged or imbued with a slight amount of: Arthur’s affability was tinctured with faint sarcasmMore example sentences
- Every temple has a biwa tree somewhere in its precincts for just such use; the sliced leaves thus tinctured make a superior topical medicine as well, excellent for, among many things, taking the itch out of mosquito bites.
- In 1851 the Geelong Advertiser reported: ‘Gold is revolutionising manners and language - everything is tinctured with the yellow hue, and ounces, and grains, have become familiar words.’
- Increasingly, however, his unionism and his commitment to property right were tinctured with a strong national feeling: this was encouraged by the haphazard nature of government action during the years of the Great Famine.
late Middle English (denoting a dye or pigment): from Latin tinctura 'dyeing', from tingere 'to dye or colour'. sense 2 of the noun (early 17th century) comes from the obsolete sense 'imparted quality', likened to a tint imparted by a dye.