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alchemy

A pseudoscience of the Middle Ages, which attempted to use primitive lab methods to understand laws of nature and the universe. Some of the methods and glassware alchemists created are still used in some form. Most alchemists tried to turn heavy metal into gold.
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Due to all this, the Government and its propaganda machinery have a big alchemic challenge to turn the difficult qualifications into golden recommendations.
His agility was the alchemic product of his childhood athletics in Nigeria: his quickness from playing handball, his footwork from years of soccer.
Or perhaps it is more fitting to say that Hawthorne reversed the alchemic process, dissolving Abbot's golden reputation into the base realities of professional ambition, pride, sin, shame, and a community's wishful thinking.
As much as Niki and the Dove feels like something different--Dahlstrom has never sounded so strong, Karlof 's keys so rich--the band's newfound fullness is an alchemic revision of their past work, rather than a departure.
At the second island, the crew discover a pool which can turn anything into gold, including a greedy predecessor who became overly zealous to prove this alchemic miracle.
It is in this context that pedagogical research functions in the alchemic practices of teaching and teacher education (Popkewitz, 2004).
For instance, "No matter what he was given to record, he gave his best in return, and his alchemic ability to turn dross into gold was undiminished.
This is a mundane world made magical by Solie's alchemic use of metaphor.
Part of the aura which cloaked the great beasts of the financial elite came from the fact their supposedly alchemic acts were incomprehensible to the common man or woman.
Alchemic procedures were often vague, but Al-Razi's manual anticipated the user's need for specific information.
38) Although divining congressional intent after the fact can be an alchemic and uncertain process, there is myriad evidence in the legislative history that the only purposes of the amendment were to reverse Bailey and to treat criminals who use guns while committing their crimes more harshly than those who do not.
It charges down 6 lines of "when" to arrive at the octave's beginning and the alchemic ":" that serves as "then.