Chymistry Quotes (1 quote)
An art whereby sensible bodies contained in vessels
are so changed, by means of certain instruments, and principally fire, that their several powers and virtues are thereby discovered, with a view to philosophy or medicine.
An antiquated definition, as quoted in Samuel Johnson, entry for 'Chymistry' in Dictionary of the English Language (1785). Also in The Quarterly Journal of Science, Literature, and the Arts (1821), 284, wherein a letter writer (only identified as C) points out that this definition still appeared in the, then, latest Rev. Mr. Todds Edition of Johnsons Dictionary, and that it showed very little improvement of scientific words. The letter included examples of better definitions by Black and by Davy. (See their pages on this website.)