◄ Essence ►

1. (n.) That quality which marks the true nature of anything, as a neighbor who is the essence of hospitality\; the constituent qualities of an object or being; the real being, divested of all logical accidents; distinctive character; hence, virtue or quality of a thing, separated from its grosser parts.

2. (n.) The constituent elementary notions which constitute a complex notion, and must be enumerated to define it; sometimes called the nominal essence.

3. (n.) Constituent substance.

4. (n.) A being; esp., a purely spiritual being.

5. (n.) The predominant qualities or virtues of a plant or drug, extracted and refined from grosser matter; or, more strictly, the solution in spirits of wine of a volatile or essential oil; as, the essence of mint, and the like.

6. (n.) Perfume; odor; scent; or the volatile matter constituting perfume.

7. (v. t.) To perfume; to scent.

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