alembic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n alembic an obsolete kind of container used for distillation; two retorts connected by a tube
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Alembic ȧ*lĕm"bĭk An apparatus formerly used in distillation, usually made of glass or metal. It has mostly given place to the retort and worm still.Used also metaphorically.The alembic of a great poet's imagination. Brimley.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alembic A vessel formerly used in chemistry for distillation, and usually made of glass or copper. The bottom part, containing the liquor to be distilled, was called the matrass or cucurbit; the upper part, which received and condensed the volatile products, was called the head or capital, the beak of which was fitted to the neck of a receiver. The head alone was more properly the alembic. It is now superseded by the retort and worm-still.
    • n alembic Hence Anything which works a change or transformation: as, the alembic of sorrow.
    • alembic To distil as by an alembic; obtain as by means of an alembic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alembic al-em′bik a vessel used by the old chemists in distillation.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. alambic,cf. Sp. alambique,), Ar. al-anbīq, fr. Gr. 'a`mbix cup, cap of a still. The cap or head was the alembic, proper. Cf. Limbec
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar. al, the, anbīq—Gr. ambiks, a cup.

Usage

In literature:

Distilled in the alembic of the stomach, the life destroyed by slaughter becomes so much fresh life.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Thus is Art, a nature passed through the alembic of man.
"Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
In that terrible alembic the spiritual ingredients which made Peter's soul had been stirred until only the essential remained.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
Catch birds, bend o'er alembics, mumble prayers?
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
And this sort of trouble (which I cannot avoid) unfortunately produces nothing when done but alembication and the far-fetched.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
For him it would be the ashes of forgotten fire, the strange alembic mixed of bitter with the sweet.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
The baldest of Shaker prose turned to purest poetry when Susanna dipped it in the alembic of her own imagination.
"Susanna and Sue" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
These memories Bacon sought in alembics, Thomas Aquinas in ink.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
The golden ore was passing through the alembic of adversity.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell
Eric begged leave to seek him there, and found him among the alembics and retorts of his laboratory.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
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In news:

Lucasfilm, Sony Pictures Imageworks Release New Version of Jointly-Developed Alembic .
LOS ANGELES — Alembic 1.1, the open source project jointly developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) and Lucasfilm Ltd released its newest improvements and updates at this year's ACM SIGGRAPH Conference, here.
Savoy Cocktail Night at Alembic .
Communications group Creston has announced that it is to acquire US healthcare PR firms Cooney/Waters and Alembic Health Communications.
In medieval times, alchemists used an alembic when they tried to transmute base metals into gold.
In France's Cognac region, an alembic is a still that turns rather undistinguished wine into the finest brandy in the world.
Lucasfilm, Sony Pictures Imageworks Release New Version of Jointly -Developed Alembic.
Playing a Trans-Trem-equipped Kline guitar with Alembic pickups into an Old World Audio 1960 compressor, a More.
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In science:

To compute synonyms the algorithm uses WordNet (Miller 1995), comparing contentful nouns (their contentfulness determined by a “function-word” stoplist) as to whether they have a synset in common (nouns are extracted by the Alembic part-of-speech tagger (Aberdeen et al. 1995)).
Machine Learning of Generic and User-Focused Summarization
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