• WordNet 3.6
    • n quintessence the most typical example or representative of a type
    • n quintessence the purest and most concentrated essence of something
    • n quintessence the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quintessence Hence: An extract from anything, containing its rarest virtue, or most subtle and essential constituent in a small quantity; pure or concentrated essence. "Let there be light, said God; and forthwith light
      Ethereal, first of things, quintessence pure,
      Sprung from the deep."
    • Quintessence The fifth or last and highest essence or power in a natural body. See Ferment oils, under Ferment.
    • Quintessence The most characteristic form or most perfect example of some type of object.
    • v. t Quintessence To distil or extract as a quintessence; to reduce to a quintessence. "Truth quintessenced and raised to the highest power."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quintessence The fifth essence, or fifth body, not composed of earth, water, fire, or air; the substance of the heavenly bodies, according to Aristotle, who seems in this matter to follow Pythagorean doctrine. The quintessence was situated above the four terrestrial elements, and was naturally bright and incorruptible, and endowed with a circular motion.
    • n quintessence Hence An extract from anything, containing its virtues or most essential part in a small quantity; pure and concentrated essence; the best and purest part of a thing; in old chemistry, an alcoholic tincture or essence often made by digestion at common temperatures or in the sun's heat, and always at a gentle heat.
    • quintessence To extract as a quintessence; reduce to a quintessence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Quintessence kwin-tes′ens the pure concentrated essence of anything, the most essential part of anything: the fifth essence, according to the Pythagoreans, beyond earth, water, fire, air
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  • Hannah Arendt
    “The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. quinta essentia, fifth essence. See Quint, and Essence
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. quinta essentia, fifth essence, orig. applied to ether, supposed to be purer than fire, the highest of the four ancient elements.


In literature:

In Althea she saw the quintessence of all dolls.
"Hubert's Wife" by Minnie Mary Lee
But as a whole they are the typical quintessence of the Russian people.
"Maxim Gorki" by Hans Ostwald
The law of compensation itself is the quintessence of horse sense.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
See Quintessence of Mushrooms, No.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
This was the quintessence of pleasure for him.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
But that smile was the quintessence of hypnotic flattery.
"Once to Every Man" by Larry Evans
It was the quintessence of Life.
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett
As for Mr. Watkinson's treatment of Comte, it is pure Christian; in other words, it contains the quintessence of uncharitableness.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
This composition, in many ways the most wonderful single piece we have from Chopin, is the quintessence of his genius.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
This drama is the quintessence of all that Gorky has, up to this time, written on the "ex-man," whom he has thoroughly "explored.
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky

In poetry:

There memory, like the bee that's fed
From Flora's balmy store,
The quintessence of all he read
Had treasured up before.
"On the Same - (On the Burning of Lord Mansfield's Library)" by William Cowper
Your other parts, part of the purest fire
That e'er Heav'n did inspire,
Makes every thought that is refin'd by it
A quintessence of goodness and of wit.
"If you refuse me once, and think again" by John Suckling
But ah! those warm love-songs of fresh adolescence!
Around us such raptures celestial they flung
That it seemed as if Paradise breathed its quintessence
Through the seraph-toned lips of the maiden that sung!
"For the Moore Centennial Celebration" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

For many travelers, the quintessence of Spain is found here— Andalucía .
She's imagining an escape from slavery in the 1800s, but her complaint could be the quintessence of modern black rhetoric.
In Quintessence's production of the Bard's Othello , director Alexander Burns won't let them play, either.
Through Nov 4, $15-$30, Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave. Quintessence Theatre Group in Mount Airy opens its third season with its third Shake speare production.
It's the quintessence of being a cafone.
Items Tagged with ' quintessence '.
Second Quintessence coming to ex-Kirker's spot in Latham.
The area's next Quintessence restaurant will be at 959 New Loudon Road (Route 9) in Latham.
Oakland is a hard place — always has been and ever will stay such, because the Bay, as they say, is the quintessence of the modern concrete jungle, churning up a bone meal Darwinism of jacked-up nasty that suffers no goons.
Clevelanders quickly morphed from "witnesses" to James being the "chosen one" to painting him as the quintessence of evil.
Quintessence Hosts A Messiah Sing.
The courageous Quintessence Theatre Group's production of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull " is the biggest production in their two years at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave in Mt Airy.
The Quintessence Theatre Group concludes its season with an inconsistent production of Anton Chekhov's landmark work The Seagull.
The courageous Quintessence Theatre Group's production of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" is the biggest production in their two years at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave in Mt Airy.
Independence Seaport Museum has added Delaware's official tall ship, Kalmar Nyckel and the schooner Quintessence to the Old City Seaport Festival this weekend.

In science:

Therefore the analysis presented in this letter, gives support to the hypothesis that a Quintessence-like equation of state could be the solution for the dark matter problem at galactic scale.
Quintessence-like Dark Matter in Spiral Galaxies
This scenario gives an alternative to the cosmological constant or quintessence.
Comments on "A Supernova Brane Scan"
For simplicity I assume that the dark energy corresponds to a cosmological constant Λ, although my analysis could easily be extended to quintessence models (e.g., Waga & Miceli 1999).
Rethinking Lensing and Lambda
We then conclude by showing the results on quintessence and cosmological parameters.
Cosmological parameters estimation in the Quintessence Paradigm
Moreover, since we have in this regime wQ < wB , this ensures that the quintessence energy density decreases more slowly than that of the background fluids and that ultimately , the quintessence field will become dominant.
Cosmological parameters estimation in the Quintessence Paradigm