concoction

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n concoction the act of creating something (a medicine or drink or soup etc.) by compounding or mixing a variety of components
    • n concoction the invention of a scheme or story to suit some purpose "his testimony was a concoction","she has no peer in the concoction of mystery stories"
    • n concoction an occurrence of an unusual mixture "it suddenly spewed out a thick green concoction"
    • n concoction any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients "he volunteered to taste her latest concoction","he drank a mixture of beer and lemonade"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Concoction A change in food produced by the organs of nutrition; digestion.
    • Concoction (Med) Abatement of a morbid process, as a fever and return to a normal condition.
    • Concoction The act of concocting or preparing by combining different ingredients; also, the food or compound thus prepared.
    • Concoction The act of digesting in the mind; planning or devising; rumination.
    • Concoction The act of perfecting or maturing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n concoction Digestion.
    • n concoction The process by which morbid matter was formerly supposed to be separated from the blood or humors, or otherwise changed and prepared to be thrown off; maturation.
    • n concoction A ripening or maturing; maturity.
    • n concoction The act of preparing and combining the materials of anything; hence, the devising or planning of anything; the act of contriving or getting up: as, the concoction of a medical prescription, or of a scheme or plot.
    • n concoction That which is concocted; specifically, a mixture or compound of various ingredients: as, a concoction of whisky, milk, and sugar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Concoction act of concocting: ripening: preparation of a medical prescription, &c.: a made-up story
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. concoctio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. concoquĕre, concoctumcon, together, and coquĕre, to cook, to boil.

Usage

In literature:

It was years since P. Sybarite had tasted a cocktail artfully concocted.
"The Day of Days" by Louis Joseph Vance
She concocted the whole scheme, even to advancing the hands of your watch half an hour.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
The Americans were much amused at this idea, and concocted a note of introduction, written in English.
"A Dutch Boy Fifty Years After" by Edward Bok
The fellow might have lain there, concocting his treason, long enough, only for my vigilance.
"Willy Reilly The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
He was not familiar with the chemistry of the concoction.
"The Voice in the Fog" by Harold MacGrath
The song was one which only British soldiers could have concocted, and none but British soldiers would have sung.
"A Soldier's Sketches Under Fire" by Harold Harvey
But the allegations of deliberate concealment and a concocted story are another matter.
"Judgments of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand on Proceedings to Review Aspects of the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Mount Erebus Aircraft Disaster" by Sir Owen Woodhouse, R. B. Cooke, Ivor L. M. Richardson, Duncan Wallace McMullin, and Sir Edward Somers
The other is the result of thirty years' concoction under adroit, hypocritical, and unscrupulous leaders.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. II. July, 1862. No. 1." by Various
Plans were concocted to chastise the red men soundly.
"The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson, the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains, from Facts Narrated by Himself" by De Witt C. Peters
I therefore concocted a cunning plan with l'Echelle for leading them astray.
"The Passenger from Calais" by Arthur Griffiths
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In poetry:

Holy wine is good indeed--
But they concoct fireweed
Into galvanizing action
With exceeding satisfaction.
"Tonopah And Clergy " by Norman MacLeod
All loosely he's striding, the amateur's riding
All loosely, some reverie locked in
Of a "vision in smoke", or a "wayfaring bloke",
His poetical rubbish concocting.
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
Showed how tricks of the phrase, sheer metaphors could set
Fools concocting a myth, taking the worlds for things.
Do you think this a far-fetched
Picture? Go then about among
"The Country of the Blind" by C S Lewis
You need not deny it, and swear that no better
Concocted was ever in London or Paris;
Remember the praises you gave in your letter
Of cooking and eating you wrote to Miss Harris.
"Mrs. Merdle Discourseth Of Things Eatable" by Horatio Alger Jr
But this is concocted by rules so complete;
Though piquant, is healthy and easy digested;
And if you will note it as slowly we eat,
The contents I'll give for our friends interested.
"Mrs. Merdle Discourseth Of Hygiene And Fish Sauce" by Horatio Alger Jr

In news:

So before bargainers concoct a product, and assuming they can, here's a check list of how to assess their work.
I resisted at first, telling him he didn't need the sugar and neon chemicals used to concoct the icy blends.
Hundred of folks came out to sample the delicious concoctions.
Cattrall, after all, is a real actress, not a reality-show concoction.
I was dreaming up all the glorious concoctions I was meant to create.
Flame virus attack on Iran has hallmarks of being concocted by nation-state.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The special panel's goal is lofty: concoct a deal both parties will embrace to slash federal deficits by a mammoth $1.5 trillion or more over the next decade.
The White House brought real numbers and some new ideas to the bargaining table and Republicans called them an insult concocted in a political fantasy land CBS News' Major Garrett reports.
Financial publisher with a history of fraud concocts novel new sales pitch.
If you watch "Survivor," you know most seasons feature a disgusting "food" item challenge, where contestants eat all sorts of strange creatures and concoctions.
Sources tell Alexa the kohl-rimmed editrix and Anna Wintour rival is now concocting plans to launch a fragrance.
A German company has concocted an edible tribute to Barack Obama that some say is in bad taste.
Here are five bits of trivia -- tidbits you probably didn't know about the creamy concoction.
The much-hyped perfume bottle filled with an inky-hued concoction seems to be a harbinger of an industry change.
Hollywood celebrities, stylists, editors and designers are the main ingredients for the frothy concoction at runway shows, backstage bashes and post-parties.
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In science:

In such circumstances it seems hard to try to concoct a solution which is based only on neighborhoods of nodes.
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem
We again concoct extra events {ii′ j j ′} in the region C that were not taken into account in Ω.
A Bell Inequality Analog in Quantum Measure Theory
While concocting a theorem suitable for our needs, we discovered that the generalization to surfaces with boundary, under the assumption that the geodesics are all interior, is false.
Multiplicities of simple closed geodesics and hypersurfaces in Teichm\"uller space
Our proof consists of applying the intermediate value theorem to a certain continuous function which we concoct using proposition 3.3.
Multiplicities of simple closed geodesics and hypersurfaces in Teichm\"uller space
The idea of concocting an “information” plane, called the entropy-complexity plane, was advanced in order to use it as a means to ascertain the effectiveness of each of these two modus operandis.
Quantifiers for randomness of chaotic pseudo random number generators
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