- Obs. a dye
- a light color; tint; tinge
- a slight admixture or infusion of some substance or quality; trace, smattering, etc.
- Heraldry any color, metal, or fur
- Pharmacy a dilute solution consisting of a medicinal substance in alcohol or in alcohol and water, usually 10% to 20% by volume: tinctures are more dilute than fluid extracts and more volatile than spirits
Origin of tinctureMiddle English from Classical Latin tinctura from tinctus, past participle of tingere, to dye: see tinge
transitive verb-·tured, -·tur·ing
- to color lightly; tint; tinge
- to imbue or permeate lightly with some substance or quality: a message tinctured with hope
- A coloring or dyeing substance; a pigment.
- An imparted color; a tint.
- A quality that colors, pervades, or distinguishes.
- A trace or vestige: “a faint tincture of condescension” ( Robert Craft )
- An alcohol solution of a nonvolatile medicine: tincture of iodine.
- Heraldry A metal, color, or fur.
transitive verbtinc·tured, tinc·tur·ing, tinc·tures
- To stain or tint with a color.
- To infuse, as with a quality; impregnate.
Origin of tinctureMiddle English from Latin tīnctūra a dyeing from tīnctus past participle of tingere to dye
- A pigment or other substance that colours or dyes.
- A tint, or an added colour.
- (heraldry) A colour or metal used in the depiction of a coat of arms.
- An alcoholic extract of plant material, used as a medicine.
- (humorous) A small alcoholic drink.
- An essential characteristic.
- 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.
- A slight taste superadded to any substance.
- a tincture of orange peel
- A slight quality added to anything; a tinge.
(third-person singular simple present tinctures, present participle tincturing, simple past and past participle tinctured)