Meaning of tincture

tinc•ture

Pronunciation: (tingk'chur), [key]
— n., v., -tured, -tur•ing.
—n.
  1. a solution of alcohol or of alcohol and water, containing animal, vegetable, or chemical drugs.
  2. a slight infusion, as of some element or quality: A tincture of education had softened his rude manners.
  3. a trace; a smack or smattering; tinge: a tincture of irony.
  4. any of the colors, metals, or furs used for the fields, charges, etc., of an escutcheon or achievement of arms.
  5. a dye or pigment.
—v.t.
  1. to impart a tint or color to; tinge.
  2. to imbue or infuse with something.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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