Definition of tincture in English:

tincture

Syllabification: tinc·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈtiNGkCHər
 
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noun

  • 1A medicine made by dissolving a drug in alcohol: the remedies can be administered in the form of tinctures 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, elixir
  • 2A slight trace of something: she could not keep a tincture of bitterness out of her voice
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    • 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.
  • 3 Heraldry Any of the conventional colors (including the metals and stains, and often the furs) used in coats of arms.

verb

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  • Be tinged, flavored, 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 color'. 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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