• WordNet 3.6
    • v tincture stain or tint with a color "The leaves were tinctured with a bright red"
    • v tincture fill, as with a certain quality "The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide"
    • n tincture (pharmacology) a medicine consisting of an extract in an alcohol solution
    • n tincture a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
    • n tincture an indication that something has been present "there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim","a tincture of condescension"
    • n tincture a substances that colors metals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tincture A slight quality added to anything; a tinge; as, a tincture of French manners. "All manners take a tincture from our own.""Every man had a slight tincture of soldiership, and scarcely any man more than a slight tincture ."
    • Tincture A slight taste superadded to any substance; as, a tincture of orange peel.
    • Tincture (Med) A solution (commonly colored) of medicinal substance in alcohol, usually more or less diluted; spirit containing medicinal substances in solution.
    • Tincture A tinge or shade of color; a tint; as, a tincture of red.
    • Tincture (Her) One of the metals, colors, or furs used in armory.
    • Tincture The finer and more volatile parts of a substance, separated by a solvent; an extract of a part of the substance of a body communicated to the solvent.
    • Tincture To communicate a slight foreign color to; to tinge; to impregnate with some extraneous matter. "A little black paint will tincture and spoil twenty gay colors."
    • Tincture To imbue the mind of; to communicate a portion of anything foreign to; to tinge. "The stain of habitual sin may thoroughly tincture all our soul."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tincture The color with which anything is imbued or impregnated; natural or distinctive coloring; tint; hue; shade of color.
    • n tincture In heraldry, one of the metals, colors, or furs used in heraldic achievements. The metals are or (gold) and argent (silver); the colors, gules (red), azure (blue), sable (black), vert (green), purpure (purple), sanguine or murrey (blood-red), and tenné or tenney (tawny, orange); and the furs, ermine, ermines, erminois, pean, vair, counter-vair, potent, and counter-potent. (See these words, and also fur, 7.) Of the colors, the first three are the most common, and the last two are very exceptional. Sable is considered by some writers as partaking of the nature both of metal and of color. In modern usage (from the sixteenth century), in representations in black and white, as by engraving, argent is indicated by a plain surface, and the other tinctures by conventional arrangements of lines, etc., as in the cut. A law of heraldry seldom violated provides that the tincture of a bearing must be a metal if the field is a color, and vice versa. See false heraldry, under false.
    • n tincture Something exhibiting or imparting a tint or shade of color; colored or coloring matter; pigment.
    • n tincture Infused or derived quality or tone; distinctive character as due to some intermixture or influence; imparted tendency or inclination: used of both material and immaterial things; in alchemy, etc., a supposed spiritual principle or immaterial substance whose character or quality may be infused into material things, then said to be tinctured : as, tincture of the “Red Lion.”
    • n tincture A shade or modicum of a quality or of the distinctive quality of something; a coloring or flavoring; a tinge; a taste; a spice; a smack: as, a tincture of garlic in a dish.
    • n tincture A fluid containing the essential principles or elements of some substance diffused through it by solution; specifically, in medicine, a solution of a vegetable, an animal, or sometimes a mineral substance, in a menstruum of alcohol, sulphuric ether, or spirit of ammonia, prepared by maceration, digestion, or (now most commonly) percolation. Tinctures are also often prepared, especially on the continent of Europe, by the addition of alcohol to the expressed juices of plants. According to the menstruum, tinctures are distinguished as alcoholic, ethereal, and ammoniated tinctures; and when wine is used they are called medicated wines. Compound tinctures are those in which two or more ingredients are submitted to the action of the solvent. Simple tinctures are such as contain the essential principles of but one substance in solution.
    • n tincture Bitter tincture.
    • tincture To imbue with color; impart a shade of color to; tinge; tint; stain.
    • tincture To give a peculiar taste, flavor, or character to; imbue; impregnate; season.
    • tincture To taint; corrupt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tincture tingk′tūr a tinge or shade of colour: a slight taste added to anything: :
    • v.t Tincture to tinge: to imbue: to mix with anything foreign
    • n Tincture (Tenn.) colour, stain, spot
    • n Tincture tingk′tūr (med.) a solution of any substance in or by means of spirit of wine
    • n Tincture tingk′tūr (her.) one of the metals, colours, or furs in achievements
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tinctura, a dyeing, from tingere, tinctum, to tinge, dye: cf. OE. tainture, teinture, F. teinture, L. tinctura,. See Tinge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tinctura.


In literature:

With alcohol and water it forms a colorless solution, from which it is precipitated by a tincture of galls.
"A Dissertation on the Medical Properties and Injurious Effects of the Habitual Use of Tobacco" by A. McAllister
It should be taken at the 2d dilution, and the tincture applied to the affected part every night.
"An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art" by B. L. Hill
Instead, her exclamation had a tincture of alarm.
"The Prodigal Father" by J. Storer Clouston
And just a little half mug of water tinctured with a drop of rum!
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
Most of our "essences", "tinctures", and "spirits" are alcoholic solutions.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Take pure olive oil, say one ounce, and half an ounce each of the tincture of lobelia and tincture of cayenne.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Other tinctures will be gradually added to this list.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
And William Blake becomes all this without the least tincture of sentimentality.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
It does not pass the delight one has in the radiance of gems or the glowing tincture of some fabric.
"The Gate of Appreciation" by Carleton Noyes
They don't seem to have the slightest tincture of it.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick

In poetry:

Now that cedars, taper-wise,
Tincture delicately skies--
Smokes of fragrance darkly brood
Over cactus torpitude.
"Cactus Bloom" by Norman MacLeod
All may of thee partake:
Nothing can be so mean,
Which with his tincture (for thy sake)
Will not grow bright and clean.
"The Elixir" by George Herbert
With Wisdom who endows the Brain,
To thy Remembrance call;
Nor, while the Wretched you sustain,
Tincture their Cup with Gall.
"Verses Sent To A Lady, Who Took Delight In Ridiculing A Person" by Mary Barber
We touched on a thousand subjects,
The moon and the worlds above,
And our talk was tinctured with science,
And everything else, save love.
"Platonic" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Sir Walter returned from the far Holy Land,
And a blood-tinctured falchion he bore;
But such precious blood as now darkened his sword
Had never distained it before.
"The Warrior's Return" by Amelia Opie
If such a tincture, such a touch,
So firm a longing can empower,
Shall Thy own image think it much
To watch for Thy appearing hour?
If a mere blast so fill the sail,
Shall not the breath of God prevail?
"Cock-Crowing" by Henry Vaughan

In news:

The array of colorful and aromatic dried plants, powders, tinctures and tonics creates something of a sensory Olympiad in the two-year-old shop.
"This Is a Smoked Salmon-Infused Vodka with a Few Drips of Ice-Plant Tincture Served Over Fresh Lava Rocks".
Women in Northern Ireland are being offered a new service to have their placentas turned into healing capsules, smoothies, tinctures or other remedies.
"We use plenty of house-made spice tinctures behind our bar," says Perez Klebahn, beverage director and proprietor of Mr Rain's Fun House at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.
27 Top strain: Carnival Top edible: Cheeba Chews Advance Cure for Vera Bestura offers organic medicine, as well as edibles, tinctures, rubs and accessories.
This herbal remedy is made from the petals of the ornamental " pot marigold " flower, and is available in tinctures, oil, lotions and creams – look for products with at least 10-percent extract of Calendula officinalis.
A gentle, effective remedy for dry skin is to wash the skin with a diluted solution of tincture.
An advanced guide to distillates, hydrosols and tinctures.
Designed to inhibit and prevent fungal infections under the nail, Footlogix #7 Anti-Fungal Nail Tincture has an easy-to-use applicator that allows the product to get right under the nail to the problem areas.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) 10-15 drops tincture 3x/day.