philosopher's stone

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n philosopher's stone hypothetical substance that the alchemists believed to be capable of changing base metals into gold
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Philosopher's stone an imaginary stone which the alchemists formerly sought as instrument of converting the baser metals into gold.
    • Philosopher's stone See under Philosopher.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Philosopher's stone an imaginary stone or mineral compound, long sought after by alchemists as a means of transforming other metals into gold
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Quotations

  • G. Randolf
    G. Randolf
    “Pay as you go is the philosopher's stone.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone.”
  • James Weldon Johnson
    James Weldon Johnson
    “Labor is the fabled magician's wand, the philosophers stone, and the cap of good fortune.”
  • Sir William Osler
    Sir%20William%20Osler
    “Work is the open sesame of every portal, the great equalizer in the world, the true philosopher's stone which transmutes all the base metal of humanity into gold.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. philosophosphilos, a lover, sophos, wise.

Usage

In literature:

In England it would be as valuable as the philosopher's stone.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
That fever became to him the philosopher's stone.
"Saved by the Lifeboat" by R.M. Ballantyne
Roger Bacon firmly believed in the philosopher's stone, and spent much of his time in search of it.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Give me the means of cheaply obtaining large amounts of comb, and I have almost found the philosopher's stone in bee keeping.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
After this I thought that I had discovered the philosopher's stone.
"Daughters of the Puritans" by Seth Curtis Beach
A chemist offered him a share of his laboratory, to join in his search for the philosopher's stone.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 8 (of 8)" by Various
It was due, he said, to the Philosopher's having lost the Magic Stone.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
He that can discover the philosopher's stone can answer.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
I've found the philosopher's stone.
"Mixed Faces" by Roy Norton
It is the philosopher's stone, which when found, opens the door to all wisdoms.
"Sex=The Unknown Quantity" by Ali Nomad
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In news:

Ancient alchemists had it all wrong when they tried to turn common elements into gold with the philosopher's stone -- they should have turned to bacteria instead.
This first edition, sold in the United Kingdom as "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," was one of only 200 copies printed before the series became popular.
Scott Weiland, lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, appealed to the philosophically minded among the 20,000 fans in attendance at the 2011 K-Rockathon with a question he raised at the conclusion of the day's raucous, crowd-surfing festivities.
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