chemical

adjective
chem·​i·​cal | \ ˈke-mi-kəl How to pronounce chemical (audio) \

Definition of chemical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, used in, or produced by chemistry or the phenomena of chemistry chemical reactions
2a : acting or operated or produced by chemicals a chemical fire extinguisher
b : detectable by chemical means

chemical

noun

Definition of chemical (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a substance obtained by a chemical process or producing a chemical effect

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Other Words from chemical

Adjective

chemically \ ˈke-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce chemical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of chemical in a Sentence

Adjective They studied the compound's chemical structure.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sicknick died from strokes after being sprayed by a chemical irritant during the attack, according to the D.C. medical examiner. Andrew Solender, Forbes, 12 May 2021 The chemical irritant, which is similar to pepper spray but more potent, has been deployed by right-wing and left-wing protesters against one another and police in the Pacific Northwest. NBC News, 20 Mar. 2021 The videos and pictures depict assaults by suspects who are armed with sticks, poles, ax handles, a fire extinguisher and possible chemical irritant sprays. Luke Barr, ABC News, 18 Mar. 2021 The idea that Sicknick died after being sprayed by a chemical irritant has emerged in recent weeks as a new theory in the case. Michael Balsamo, chicagotribune.com, 15 Mar. 2021 The idea that Sicknick died after being sprayed by a chemical irritant has emerged in recent weeks as a new theory in the case. Michael Balsamo, Chron, 15 Mar. 2021 The idea that Sicknick died after being sprayed by a chemical irritant has emerged in recent weeks as a new theory in the case. Arkansas Online, 15 Mar. 2021 Authorities have not disclosed an official cause of death, but news emerged Friday that investigators have uncovered video appearing to show someone spraying a chemical irritant at Sicknick and other law enforcement personnel. Author: Mike Debonis, Jeremy Barr, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Mar. 2021 The idea that Sicknick died after being sprayed by a chemical irritant has emerged in recent weeks as a new theory in the case. Michael Balsamo, USA TODAY, 28 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gonell said he was beaten with a flagpole and soaked with chemical spray while defending the Capitol. Cassidy Mcdonald, CBS News, 27 July 2021 The new policies also outlined more rules regarding less lethal use of force, such as chemical spray and Tasers. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, 26 July 2021 The Proud Boys and antifa protesters deployed copious amounts of chemical spray during the Clackamette Park fight, according to video footage captured by Portland Tribune reporter Zane Sparling. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 19 June 2021 The Oath Keepers later retreated after officers deployed a chemical spray on the mob. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, 5 June 2021 After rioters breached security and entered the West Terrace of the Capitol building, prosecutors allege McHugh sprayed officers with an unknown chemical spray holstered on his hip. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 May 2021 Gladys Sicknick, the mother of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died of natural causes the day after he was sprayed with chemical spray in the attack, met Thursday with senators to urge a commission that would explain what happened. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 28 May 2021 Officers then began firing pepper-spray balls and launching canisters of chemical spray into the crowd. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 28 May 2021 Still, police body-camera and surveillance video released late last month showed a chemical spray assault of Sicknick and others during the riot. Jamie Gangel, CNN, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of chemical

Adjective

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chemical

Adjective

chemic or its source, Medieval Latin chimicus + -al entry 1

Noun

derivative of chemical entry 1

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The first known use of chemical was in 1576

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“Chemical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chemical. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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chemical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of chemical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to chemistry
: working by means of chemicals

chemical

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chemical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance (such as an element or compound) that is made by a chemical process

chemical

adjective
chem·​i·​cal | \ ˈke-mi-kəl How to pronounce chemical (audio) \

Kids Definition of chemical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to chemistry or chemicals

Other Words from chemical

chemically adverb

chemical

noun

Kids Definition of chemical (Entry 2 of 2)

: any substance (as an acid) that is formed when two or more other substances act upon one another or that is used to produce a change in another substance

chemical

adjective
chem·​i·​cal | \ ˈkem-i-kəl How to pronounce chemical (audio) \

Medical Definition of chemical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, used in, or produced by chemistry
2a : acting or operated or produced by chemicals
b : detectable by chemical means

Other Words from chemical

chemically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce chemical (audio) \ adverb

chemical

noun

Medical Definition of chemical (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a substance (as an element or chemical compound) obtained by a chemical process or used for producing a chemical effect

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