What does alchemy mean?

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  1. (uncountable) The ancient search for a universal panacea, and of the philosopher's stone, that eventually developed into chemistry.
  2. (countable) The causing of any sort of mysterious sudden transmutation.
  3. (computing) Any elaborate transformation process or algorithm.
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The 43-year-old, mentored by Sir Alex Ferguson, has achieved an unlikely alchemy.
His interests extended to an enthusiastic study of mathematics, the natural sciences, and studies of alchemy and natural magic.
Ashmole was fascinated by magic, alchemy and astrology, and befriended many astrologers regardless of political allegiance.
Green Magick uses more trees and plants, while Red Magick uses alchemy and astrology for its references.
Witness their enthusiasm for UFOs as opposed to scientific cosmology, for alchemy instead of chemistry, for urban legends instead of hard news.
Although it had led to the discovery of alcohol and the mineral acids, historians of chemistry view alchemy in general as fraudulent.

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