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phi·los·o·phers' stone

also phi·los·o·pher's stone (fĭ-lŏs′ə-fərz)
n.
A substance that was believed to have the power of transmuting base metal into gold. Also called elixir.

philosopher's stone

n
(Alchemy) a stone or substance thought by alchemists to be capable of transmuting base metals into gold

Philosopher's Stone

Also known as the elixir of life this was a substance that alchemists attempted to discover or make in order to restore youth, prolong life and turn base metals into gold.
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Noun1.philosopher's stone - hypothetical substance that the alchemists believed to be capable of changing base metals into gold
substance - a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties; "shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"
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It was supposed that Flamel had buried the philosopher's stone in the cellar; and the alchemists, for the space of two centuries, from Magistri to Father Pacifique, never ceased to worry the soil until the house, so cruelly ransacked and turned over, ended by falling into dust beneath their feet.
But, what every one might have noticed was the interminable hours which he often employed, seated upon the parapet of the area in front of the church, in contemplating the sculptures of the front; examining now the foolish virgins with their lamps reversed, now the wise virgins with their lamps upright; again, calculating the angle of vision of that raven which belongs to the left front, and which is looking at a mysterious point inside the church, where is concealed the philosopher's stone, if it be not in the cellar of Nicolas Flamel.
Under the guidance of my new preceptors I entered with the greatest diligence into the search of the philosopher's stone and the elixir of life; but the latter soon obtained my undivided attention.
After all, the mediaeval belief in the Philosopher's Stone which could transmute metals, has its counterpart in the accepted theory of metabolism which changes living tissue.
A period wherein science was raped by the metaphysicians, wherein physics became a search for the Philosopher's Stone, wherein chemistry became alchemy, and astronomy became astrology.
The marvels which were constantly being revealed as actual facts seemed no less wonderful than the extravagances of medieval romance; and it was scarcely more than a matter of course that men should search in the new strange lands for the fountain of perpetual youth and the philosopher's stone.
I thought he was fit to die with shame, and there he sits grinning smiles, as good as to say, 'Let the world wag as it will, I've the philosopher's stone in my waist-coat pocket, and the elixir of life in my cupboard; I'm independent of both Fate and Fortune'"
The general opinion, I believe, is, that I am seeking by unholy arts for the philosopher's stone.
Why, pretty well, John,' he returned, with the distraught air of a man who was casting about for the Philosopher's stone, at least.
The first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone appeared in 1997 after being rejected by a number of leading publishing houses who must now be ruing their mistake.
The haul includes two copies of the Philosopher's Stone and one of its US version, the Sorcerer's Stone, as well as the Chamber Of Secrets, the Prisoner Of Azkaban and a German version of the Philosopher's Stone.
The singer, now 17, told yesterday how she had yearned to play Hermione in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone because she "loved the stories so much.