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Noun, Verb (transitive)


Noun tincture has 4 senses

Verb tincture has 2 senses


tincturen. [L. tinctura a dyeing, from tingere, tinctum, to tinge, dye: cf. OE. tainture, teinture, F. teinture, L. tinctura. See Tinge.].
  •  A tinge or shade of color; a tint; as, a tincture of red.  [1913 Webster]
  •  One of the metals, colors, or furs used in armory.  [1913 Webster]
    " There are two metals: gold, called or, and represented in engraving by a white surface covered with small dots; and silver, called argent, and represented by a plain white surface. The colors and their representations are as follows: red, called gules, or a shading of vertical lines; blue, called azure, or horizontal lines; black, called sable, or horizontal and vertical lines crossing; green, called vert, or diagonal lines from dexter chief corner; purple, called purpure, or diagonal lines from sinister chief corner. The furs are ermine, ermines, erminois, pean, vair, counter vair, potent, and counter potent. See Illustration in Appendix."  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A solution (commonly colored) of medicinal substance in alcohol, usually more or less diluted; spirit containing medicinal substances in solution.  [1913 Webster]
    " According to the United States Pharmacopœia, the term tincture (also called alcoholic tincture, and spirituous tincture) is reserved for the alcoholic solutions of nonvolatile substances, alcoholic solutions of volatile substances being called spirits."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A slight taste superadded to any substance; as, a tincture of orange peel.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A slight quality added to anything; a tinge; as, a tincture of French manners.  [1913 Webster]
    "All manners take a tincture from our own."  [1913 Webster]
    "Every man had a slight tincture of soldiership, and scarcely any man more than a slight tincture."  [1913 Webster]
Ethereal tincture, a solution of medicinal substance in ether.
tincturev. t. 
  •  To communicate a slight foreign color to; to tinge; to impregnate with some extraneous matter.  [1913 Webster]
    "A little black paint will tincture and spoil twenty gay colors."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To imbue the mind of; to communicate a portion of anything foreign to; to tinge.  [1913 Webster]
    "The stain of habitual sin may thoroughly tincture all our soul."  [1913 Webster]


tincture, n. & v.
--n. (often foll. by of)
1 a slight flavour or trace.
2 a tinge (of a colour).
3 a medicinal solution (of a drug) in alcohol (tincture of quinine).
4 Heraldry an inclusive term for the metals, colours, and furs used in coats of arms.
5 colloq. an alcoholic drink.
1 colour slightly; tinge, flavour.
2 (often foll. by with) affect slightly (with a quality).

ME f. L tinctura dyeing (as TINGE)



achievement, achromatism, alerion, animal charge, annulet, apply paint, argent, armorial bearings, armory, arms, azure, bandeau, bar, bar sinister, baton, bearings, bedaub, bedizen, begild, bend, bend sinister, besmear, besprinkle, billet, blazon, blazonry, bordure, breathe, brew, broad arrow, brush on paint, cadency mark, calcimine, canton, cast, chaplet, charge, chevron, chief, chromatism, chromism, chromogen, coat, coat of arms, coat of paint, coating, cockatrice, color, color balance, color filter, color gelatin, color harmony, color scheme, colorant, coloration, coloring, complexion, coronet, cover, crescent, crest, cross, cross moline, crown, dab, dash, daub, dead-color, decoct, decorator color, deep-dye, device, difference, differencing, dip, distemper, double-dye, dredge, drier, dye, dyestuff, eagle, emblazon, enamel, engild, entincture, ermine, ermines, erminites, erminois, escutcheon, exterior paint, face, falcon, fast-dye, fess, fess point, field, file, flanch, flat coat, flat wash, flavor, fleur-de-lis, floor enamel, fresco, fret, fur, fusil, garland, gild, glaze, gleam, gloss, grain, griffin, ground, gules, gyron, hatchment, helmet, heraldic device, hint, honor point, hue, idea, illuminate, imbrue, imbue, impalement, impaling, impregnate, inescutcheon, infiltrate, infuse, infusion, ingrain, inkling, instill, interior paint, intimation, japan, key, label, lacquer, lay on color, leaven, lick, lion, look, lozenge, mantling, marshaling, martlet, mascle, medium, metal, motto, mullet, natural color, nombril point, octofoil, opaque color, or, ordinary, orle, paint, pale, pallor, paly, parget, pean, penetrate, permeate, pervade, pheon, pigment, prime, prime coat, primer, priming, purpure, quarter, quartering, rose, sable, saltire, saturate, sauce, scintilla, scutcheon, season, seasoning, shade, shadow, shellac, shield, sip, skin color, slop on paint, smack, smattering, smear, smell, soupcon, spark, spice, spread eagle, sprinkling, stain, steep, stipple, strain, streak, subordinary, suffuse, suggestion, sup, suspicion, taint, taste, temper, tempera, tempering, tenne, thinner, thought, tinct, tinction, tinge, tint, tone, torse, touch, trace, transfuse, transparent color, tressure, turpentine, turps, undercoat, undercoating, undercolor, unicorn, vair, varnish, vehicle, vert, vestige, wash, wash coat, whitewash, wreath, yale




N smallness, littleness, tenuity, paucity, fewness, meanness, insignificance (unimportance), mediocrity, moderation, small quantity, modicum, trace, hint, minimum, vanishing point, material point, atom, particle, molecule, corpuscle, point, speck, dot, mote, jot, iota, ace, minutiae, details, look, thought, idea, soupcon, dab, dight, whit, tittle, shade, shadow, spark, scintilla, gleam, touch, cast, grain, scruple, granule, globule, minim, sup, sip, sop, spice, drop, droplet, sprinkling, dash, morceau, screed, smack, tinge, tincture, inch, patch, scantling, tatter, cantlet, flitter, gobbet, mite, bit, morsel, crumb, seed, fritter, shive, snip, snippet, snick, snack, snatch, slip, scrag, chip, chipping, shiver, sliver, driblet, clipping, paring, shaving, hair, nutshell, thimbleful, spoonful, handful, capful, mouthful, fragment, fraction, drop in the ocean, animalcule, trifle, mere nothing, next to nothing, hardly anything, just enough to swear by, the shadow of a shade, finiteness, finite quantity, small, little, diminutive, minute, fine, inconsiderable, paltry, faint, slender, light, slight, scanty, scant, limited, meager, sparing, few, low, so-so, middling, tolerable, no great shakes, below par, under par, below the mark, at a low ebb, halfway, moderate, modest, tender, subtle, inappreciable, evanescent, infinitesimal, homeopathic, very small, atomic, corpuscular, microscopic, molecular, subatomic, mere, simple, sheer, stark, bare, near run, dull, petty, shallow, stolid, ungifted, unintelligent, to a small extent, on a small scale, a little bit, a wee bit, slightly, imperceptibly, miserably, wretchedly, insufficiently, imperfectly, faintly, passably, pretty well, well enough, partially, in part, in a certain degree, to a certain degree, to a certain extent, comparatively, some, rather in some degree, in some measure, something, somewhat, simply, only, purely, merely, at least, at the least, at most, at the most, ever so little, as little as may be, tant soit peu, in ever so small a degree, thus far, pro tanto, within bounds, in a manner, after a fashion, so to speak, almost, nearly, well-nigh, short of, not quite, all but, near upon, close upon, peu s'en faut, near the mark, within an ace of, within an inch of, on the brink of, scarcely, hardly, barely, only just, no more than, about, thereabouts, somewhere about, nearly, say, be the same, be little more or less, no ways, no way, no wise, not at all, not in the least, not a bit, not a bit of it, not a whit, not a jot, not a shadow, in no wise, in no respect, by no means, by no manner of means, on no account, at no hand, dare pondus idonea fumo, magno conatu magnas nugas, small sands the mountain, moments make the year.


N mixture, admixture, commixture, commixtion, commixion, intermixture, alloyage, matrimony, junction, combination, miscegenation, impregnation, infusion, diffusion suffusion, transfusion, infiltration, seasoning, sprinkling, interlarding, interpolation, adulteration, sophistication, tinge, tincture, touch, dash, smack, sprinkling, spice, seasoning, infusion, soupcon, alloy, amalgam, brass, chowchow, pewter, magma, half-and-half, melange, tertium quid, miscellany, ambigu, medley, mess, hotchpot, pasticcio, patchwork, odds and ends, all sorts, jumble, salad, sauce, mash, omnium gatherum, gallimaufry, olla-podrida, olio, salmagundi, potpourri, Noah's ark, caldron texture, mingled yarn, mosaic, half-blood, half-caste, mulatto, terceron, quarteron, quinteron, quadroon, octoroon, griffo, zambo, cafuzo, Eurasian, fustee, fustie, griffe, ladino, marabou, mestee, mestizo, quintroon, sacatra zebrule, catalo, cross, hybrid, mongrel, mixed, implex, composite, half-and-half, linsey-woolsey, chowchow, hybrid, mongrel, heterogeneous, motley, miscellaneous, promiscuous, indiscriminate, miscible, among, amongst, amid, amidst, with, in the midst of, in the crowd.

VB mix, join, combine, commix, immix, intermix, mix up with, mingle, commingle, intermingle, bemingle, shuffle, pound together, hash up, stir up, knead, brew, impregnate with, interlard, intertwine, interweave, associate with, miscegenate, be mixed, get among, be entangled with, instill, imbue, infuse, suffuse, transfuse, infiltrate, dash, tinge, tincture, season, sprinkle, besprinkle, attemper, medicate, blend, cross, alloy, amalgamate, compound, adulterate, sophisticate, infect.


N color, hue, tint, tinge, dye, complexion, shade, tincture, cast, livery, coloration, glow, flush, tone, key, pure color, positive color, primary color, primitive complementary color, three primaries, spectrum, chromatic dispersion, broken color, secondary color, tertiary color, local color, coloring, keeping, tone, value, aerial perspective, chromatics, spectrum analysis, spectroscopy, chromatism, chromatography, chromatology, prism, spectroscope, spectrograph, spectrometer, colorimeter (optical instruments), pigment, coloring matter, paint, dye, wash, distemper, stain, medium, mordant, oil paint, colored, colorific, tingent, tinctorial, chromatic, prismatic, full-colored, high-colored, deep-colored, doubly-dyed, polychromatic, chromatogenous, tingible, bright, vivid, intense, deep, fresh, unfaded, rich, gorgeous, gay, gaudy, florid, gay, garish, rainbow-colored, multihued, showy, flaunting, flashy, raw, crude, glaring, flaring, discordant, inharmonious, mellow, pastel, harmonious, pearly, sweet, delicate, tender, refined.

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