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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Hermetic  \Her*met"ic\,  Hermetical  \Her*met"ic*al\,  a.  [F. 
  herm['e]tique.  See  Note  under  {Hermes},  1.] 
  1.  Of  pertaining  to  or  taught  by  Hermes  Trismegistus  as 
  hermetic  philosophy.  Hence:  Alchemical;  chemic. 
  ``Delusions  of  the  hermetic  art.''  --Burke. 
  The  alchemists,  as  the  people  were  called  who  tried 
  to  make  gold,  considered  themselves  followers  of 
  Hermes,  and  often  called  themselves  Hermetic 
  philosophers.  --A.  B. 
  2.  Of  or  pertaining  to  the  system  which  explains  the  causes 
  of  diseases  and  the  operations  of  medicine  on  the 
  principles  of  the  hermetic  philosophy,  and  which  made  much 
  use  as  a  remedy,  of  an  alkali  and  an  acid;  as  hermetic 
  3.  Made  perfectly  close  or  air-tight  by  fusion,  so  that  no 
  gas  or  spirit  can  enter  or  escape;  as  an  hermetic  seal. 
  See  Note  under  {Hermetically}. 
  {Hermetic  art},  alchemy. 
  {Hermetic  books}. 
  a  Books  of  the  Egyptians,  which  treat  of  astrology. 
  b  Books  which  treat  of  universal  principles,  of  the 
  nature  and  orders  of  celestial  beings,  of  medicine, 
  and  other  topics.