Definition of tincture in English:

tincture

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪŋ(k)tʃə
 
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noun

  • 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 iodine
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    solution, suspension, infusion, potion, elixir, extract, essence, quintessence, concentrate
  • 1.1British informal An alcoholic drink: he’s a rough diamond, especially after a tincture or two
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    • 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.
  • 3 Heraldry Any of the conventional colours (including the metals and stains, and often the furs) used in coats of arms.

verb

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  • Be tinged or imbued with a slight amount of: Arthur’s affability was tinctured with faint sarcasm
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    • 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.

Origin

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.

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