chemistry

noun
chem·​is·​try | \ ˈke-mə-strē How to pronounce chemistry (audio) \
plural chemistries

Definition of chemistry

1 : a science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and with the transformations that they undergo
2a : the composition and chemical properties of a substance the chemistry of iron
b : chemical processes and phenomena (as of an organism) blood chemistry
3a : a strong mutual attraction, attachment, or sympathy they have a special chemistry
b : interaction between people working together specifically : such interaction when harmonious or effective a team lacking chemistry

Examples of chemistry in a Sentence

studying the chemistry of gasoline They tried dating, but there was no chemistry between them. the chemistry of the office
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Clearly, that chemistry transcended to the real world. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kit Harington Says One of His Favorite "Game of Thrones" Scenes Was Rose Leslie's Death," 28 Apr. 2019 The co-stars reminisced about their chemistry onset and the impact of the film decades later. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal Sweetly Reunite for the 30th Anniversary of When Harry Met Sally," 12 Apr. 2019 The Periodic Table of ScA To some Redditors, skin care is the adult version of a play chemistry set. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to the SkincareAddiction Subreddit," 5 Apr. 2019 There are lamps shaped like chemistry equipment, a Horst Egon Kalinowski sculpture. Nathan Heller, Vogue, "A Day in Paris with Rick Owens, Fashion’s Coolest Iconoclast," 12 Feb. 2019 Since that chemistry differs between types of polymer, each type of plastic has a distinctive signature in the infrared. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 As part of the SUBSEA project, the robots, named Hercules and Argus, will study the biology, geology and chemistry of the region. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "NASA is using underwater robots to explore the deep-sea off the Hawaiian coast," 29 Aug. 2018 Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan bring such emotional depth to their characters and their on screen chemistry is so compelling that without them, this episode, while loaded with suspense, feels hollow. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 7," 17 Dec. 2018 Noah and Lana's roles as Peter and Lana Jean obviously translated into some serious on-screen chemistry, with the movie's director even revealing in an interview with IndieWire that their dynamic helped land Noah the role. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Noah Centineo Shut Down Rumors that He’s Dating Lana Condor: “She’s Boo’d Up”," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of chemistry

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chemistry

see chemist

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The first known use of chemistry was in 1646

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chemistry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chemistry

: a science that deals with the structure and properties of substances and with the changes that they go through
: the structure and properties of a substance : the way a substance changes and reacts with other substances
: a strong attraction between people

chemistry

noun
chem·​is·​try | \ ˈke-mə-strē How to pronounce chemistry (audio) \

Kids Definition of chemistry

1 : a science that deals with the composition and properties of substances and of the changes they undergo
2 : chemical composition and properties the chemistry of food

chemistry

noun
chem·​is·​try | \ ˈkem-ə-strē How to pronounce chemistry (audio) \
plural chemistries

Medical Definition of chemistry

1 : a science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the transformations that they undergo
2a : the composition and chemical properties of a substance the chemistry of hemoglobin
b : chemical processes and phenomena (as of an organism) blood chemistry

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