chemical

adjective
chem·​i·​cal | \ˈke-mi-kəl \

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 \ -​mi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of chemical in a Sentence

Adjective

They studied the compound's chemical structure.

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And also, in Texas, officials say a gas leak caused an explosion and flash fire at a chemical plant near Houston. Fox News, "Gutfeld: Laurel or Yanny is greatest metaphor for media bias," 20 May 2018 The chemical plant is one of Saratoga County’s largest employers. Ian Frisch, Longreads, "The Strike: Chemicals, Cancer, and the Fight for Health Care," 16 Apr. 2018 Allied Signal had a chemical plant here, and DuPont made industrial-grade alcohol. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Jacques Kelly: Bridging to past with an ambitious future at Harbor Point," 7 Apr. 2018 Nearly half a billion gallons of industrial wastewater mixed with storm water surged out of just one of these chemical plants. Frank Bajak And Lise Olsen, The Christian Science Monitor, "After Harvey, unpublicized chemical spills come to light," 22 Mar. 2018 Two small fires were still burning at a chemical plant in Hood County as five local agencies resumed the search for a man identified by WFAA as Dylan Mitchell, 27, a worker who has been missing since the March 15 explosions at the plant. Stephen English, star-telegram, "Five days later, fires still burn at Cresson chemical plant where worker disappeared | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 Mar. 2018 At least one person was badly burned and another missing after an explosion and large fire erupted Thursday morning at a chemical plant southwest of Fort Worth, Texas, authorities said. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, "Explosion rocks chemical plant near Cresson, Texas; at least 1 hurt," 15 Mar. 2018 Mealer was living in Alvin, outside of Houston, working at a chemical plant. John Williams, New York Times, "Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Texas Oil Boom Fuels a Family Saga," 11 Feb. 2018 The best known of these attacks involved a chemical plant in Louisiana. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Someone Could Definitely Hack the Emergency Warning System. Here's Why They'd Do It.," 16 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Those same chemicals carry over into the vapor that people inhale, the new study says. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Vape flavors can make nasty new chemicals in your e-liquid," 18 Oct. 2018 Otherwise, the mattress is made with memory foam that meets CertiPUR-US certified standards for content, emissions, and durability, meaning it's made without harmful chemicals. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "People Swear By This Green Tea Mattress On Amazon," 18 Oct. 2018 Make sure there are no small areas where a cat could try to hide, and move anything dangerous, like chemicals or tools. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "How to Protect Your Pet During Hurricane Florence," 11 Sep. 2018 But since Noor exhibited no signs of a major mental illness, chemical dependency or personality disorder in a separate a clinical evaluation, a psychiatrist cleared Noor to work, the filing said. Fox News, "Records: Cop accused in Australian's death can't take stress," 6 Sep. 2018 In March, researchers announced in the journal Chem that hair could be colored by coating it in graphene rather than using ammonia or other chemicals that penetrate and damage your lovely locks. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Graphene," 13 Aug. 2018 Other common causes: Douching, using vaginal products that have fragrance chemicals, hanging out in wet or sweaty clothing and swimsuits, and wearing underwear that's too tight. Tehrene Firman, Woman's Day, "5 Yeast Infection Symptoms in Women That Should Never Be Ignored," 30 July 2018 Some polishes include potential cancer-causing chemicals like dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "13 Things You Need To Know Before Getting a Gel Manicure," 16 July 2018 In the new study scientists quantified the ancient DNA, proteins, and other chemicals preserved in his stomach contents. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "The ‘Iceman’s’ last meal was a high-fat feast," 12 July 2018

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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

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The first known use of chemical was in 1576

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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 \

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 \

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 \ 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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