• WordNet 3.6
    • n elixir a substance believed to cure all ills
    • n elixir hypothetical substance that the alchemists believed to be capable of changing base metals into gold
    • n elixir a sweet flavored liquid (usually containing a small amount of alcohol) used in compounding medicines to be taken by mouth in order to mask an unpleasant taste
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Elixir (Med) A tincture with more than one base; a compound tincture or medicine, composed of various substances, held in solution by alcohol in some form.
    • Elixir (Alchemy) An imaginary liquor capable of transmuting metals into gold; also, one for producing life indefinitely; as, elixir vitæ, or the elixir of life.
    • Elixir Any cordial or substance which invigorates. "The grand elixir , to support the spirits of human nature."
    • Elixir The refined spirit; the quintessence. "The . . . elixir of worldly delights."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n elixir In alchemy, a soluble solid substance which was believed to have the property of transmuting baser metals into silver or gold and of prolonging life. The great elixir, also called the philosopher's stone, or the red tincture, when shaken in very small quantity into melted silver, lead, or other base metal, was said to transmute it into gold. In minute doses it was supposed to prolong life and restore youth, and was then called the elixir vitæ. The lesser elixir, stone of the second class, or white tincture, was regarded as having these qualities in lesser degree; thus it transmuted baser metals into silver. The word is now often used figuratively.
    • n elixir In medicine, formerly, a tincture with more than one base; in modern pharmacy, an aromatic, sweetened, spirituous preparation containing small quantities of active medicinal substances. The first object sought in the modern elixir is an agreeable taste, and usually this is attained only by such sacrifices as to render the effect of the medicine almost nil. U.S. Dispensatory, p. 537.
    • n elixir The inmost principle; absolute embodiment or exemplification.
    • elixir To give the character of an elixir to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Elixir e-liks′ėr more fully, Elixir vitæ, Elixir of life, a liquor once supposed to have the power of indefinitely prolonging life or of transmuting metals: the quintessence of anything: a substance which invigorates:
    • n Elixir e-liks′ėr (med.) a compound tincture.
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  • Ernest Renan
    “I can die when I wish to: that is my elixir of life.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. élixir, Sp. elixir, Ar. eliksīr, the philosopher's stone, prob. from Gr. dry, (hence probably) a dry powder; cf. Skr. kshā, to burn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L.,—Ar. al-iksīr, the philosopher's stone, from al-, the, iksīr, prob. from Late Gr. xērion, a desiccative powder for wounds—Gr. xēros, dry.


In literature:

There are times when the touch of money is as the elixir of life.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908" by Various
I treated a pair of young guinea pigs with the elixir.
"The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton" by Wardon Allan Curtis
Take the lancets, Jonathan, and the basin too, and a bottle of Daffy's Elixir.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
The victory whoops of his fellow Mamelukes were, for Daoud, a draft of elixir from paradise filling him with new strength.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The Padre's words and attitude acted like a wonderful elixir upon Chiquita.
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
I do think Colorado air the true elixir of life.
"In the High Valley" by Susan Coolidge
What elixirs, what exercises, did she take or use?
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
His deference to my judgment was a sincere compliment to my reading and warmed my heart like some elixir.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Run along and bring me the elixir out of my valise.
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
Sadly they gave up the search for the elixir of life, and, descending the mountain, buried their master in the Province of Kii.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis

In poetry:

Song is the potion
All things renewing,
Youth's one elixir,
Fountain of morn.
"England My Mother" by William Watson
Men sought, ambition's thirst to slake,
The lost elixir old
Whose magic touch should instant make
The meaner metals gold.
"To Lady Noel" by George MacDonald
Poor child of passion! ask of me
Elixir of death or sleep,
Or Lethe's stream; but love is free,
And woman must wait and weep.
"The Elixir" by Emma Lazarus
For such as you, of scent and dew
Spirits their rarest nectar brew,
And where you sit and where you sup
Pour beauty's elixir in your cup.
"The Mother In The House" by Hermann Hagedorn
To the sewers and sinks
With all such drinks,
And after them tumble the mixer;
For a poison malign
Is such Borgia wine,
Or at best but a Devil's Elixir.
"Catawba Wine. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
by deracination—grunge,
hip-hop, Chinese takeout,
co-ops—while the globe's
elixir caters, year by year,
to the resurgence of this
climbing tentpole, frilled and stippled
"A Catalpa Tree On West Twelfth Street" by Amy Clampitt

In news:

The elixir of life , farming.
Not good news for those of us looking for the perfect elixir for eternal life.
Amid the undulating green hills and rust-red soil of northern Croatia's Istrian peninsula, impassioned winemakers are producing some of the country's most decorated elixirs.
To a woman nine-months pregnant, an intravenous drip of synthetic oxytocin is a powerful elixir.
The Surly Brewing Company was on the scene offering tastes of their magical elixirs to conference attendees.
Oh, my God, I tell my companions as we're waiting for the elixir to kick in.
Win ESP Gus G Signature Guitar, Blackstar Amp, Elixir Strings and Autographed 'Few Against Many' CD.
The sniffly situation required treatment, so I reverted to the tried and true illness elixir favored by my mother when I was a girl.
Disruptive Innovation' Is No Elixir.
'Elixir of Love' begins Met Opera's Live in HD series, shows at Douglass Theatre.
Next year his stem cell elixir will be injected into humans.
Is there an elixir-free way to flourish despite the upheaval of perilous times.
Wouldn't it be great if there really were an elixir of life.
The elixir may help treat diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
Juniper Tar mixes up musical elixir for unique record release gig.

In science:

Bias subtracted and flat fielded CFHT Megacam images were provided by the CFHT-developed Elixir data reduction system (Magnier & Cuillandre 2004) within ∼24 hours of acquisition.
The Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey: type Ia supernova rate measurement in z~0.1 clusters and the late-time delay time distribution
The final Elixir-processed data for a given queue run used master flat fields, but these are only available after the queue run – too slow for our needs.
The Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey: type Ia supernova rate measurement in z~0.1 clusters and the late-time delay time distribution
We thus use the real-time data for SN detection, preliminary photometry, and to build interim “deep stacks” during the survey, and the Elixir-processed data for our final deepstacks and photometric calibrations.
The Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey: type Ia supernova rate measurement in z~0.1 clusters and the late-time delay time distribution
Raw MegaCam images are processed by the Elixir pipeline (Magnier & Cuillandre 2004) that handles bias subtraction, flat-fielding and defringing in iM and zM bands.
Improved Photometric Calibration of the SNLS and the SDSS Supernova Surveys
The Elixir pipeline can apply photometric corrections to the images.
Improved Photometric Calibration of the SNLS and the SDSS Supernova Surveys