philosopher's stone


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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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From him we may expect no philosopher's stone, but at least we will find a few robust tonic things to which to tie.
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.
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.
I don't know what a quarry of philosopher's stones is like, but if it's anything like Mr.
It's 13 years this week since Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone premiered.
Summary: London: A unique first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone annotated by author .
For me, the story of how I wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is written invisibly on every page, legible only to me.
It will feature music from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurrasic Park, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Star Wars, Hook, Jaws, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as well as the Olympic Fanfare and Theme.