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

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 Instead, the cause might be a chemical spill in Michigan last month by Tribar, a company that has supplied badges to Ford in the past and needed to limit operations temporarily. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 24 Sep. 2022 Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing the chemical DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites. Donovan J. Thomas, ajc, 23 Sep. 2022 Chemical importers are required to submit chemical data reports to the EPA every four years under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2022 Luckette said she was treated at a hospital for chemical burns in her eyes, because the drink had alcohol and lemon in it. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2022 The reduction has exacted a significant economic cost, with slowing production at chemical plants and closed metals factories now widely expected to tip Europe into a recession. David Uberti, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2022 As this monster lingers over the South, the Dow plunges 20,000 points, chemical plants vomit their toxins into the nation’s water supply, the insurance market implodes, and millions of Americans see their homes washed away. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 In surrounding Marshall County, more than a quarter of the private-sector jobs come from chemical plants and other manufacturing. Lisa Song, ProPublica, 29 June 2022 For example, diesel often fires steam boilers used in chemical plants and textile factories, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Ronald D. White, Anchorage Daily News, 27 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Not unlike its sunscreen sister, the Silk SPF is a hybrid between a chemical and mineral sunscreen moisturizer with SPF 30. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2022 That puts them above the bottom quarter of earners from even the highest-paying majors, such chemical and aerospace engineering. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2022 Don’t worry, this is easily treated by moisturizing twice a day, using a gentle cleanser, and avoiding any harsh products like retinol or chemical and physical exfoliants. Mariah Morrison, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Aug. 2022 His father worked in chemical and pharmaceutical sales, a job that resulted in frequent moves for the family when Mr. Buechner was a child. Emily Langer, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2022 Russia is Iran’s primary supplier of advanced conventional arms, including ballistic missile technology and chemical and biological warfare programs. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 In 2021 the agency concluded that the chemical and zinc oxide were safe and effective. Sam Jones, Scientific American, 29 July 2022 Early in the mission, Curiosity found chemical and mineral evidence of past habitable environments on Mars, and researchers continue to use the rover to extract and analyze rock, soil, and air samples from the Gale Crater area of the planet. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 25 July 2022 But on the portions coated with the chemical and microbial sprays, a much smaller amount of dirt enters the air. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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27 Sep 2022

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“Chemical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chemical. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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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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