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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Jenna and Steve have the most adorable chemistry: Go here to see their sexiest date night ever. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan Posts a Sultry, Empowering Throwback Pic from Her 'Step Up' Days," 15 Mar. 2019 So scientists have to rely on their knowledge of physics and chemistry for an explanation. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 From the distillation of the component liquors to the flaming of an orange peel over a final drink, every step involves biology, chemistry, and physics (and sometimes fire). Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Underappreciated Holiday Booze Comes from Brazil," 9 Dec. 2018 There are specific pollutants, like ozone, that can form in the atmosphere from chemistry, as opposed to being directly emitted. Emily Williams, BostonGlobe.com, "BU professor granted almost $1 million to study air pollution," 9 July 2018 The two seem to have magnetic chemistry, as if they were made for one another. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Opens Up About Her First Date With A-Rod and Her Most Important Fashion Friendship," 2 Aug. 2018 Its most valuable tool was basic research: Bell’s scientists spent years probing the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, metallurgy, magnetism, and more in their search for discoveries that could be monetized. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 Boykin is consistent and drops very few balls, has solid chemistry with Wimbush and at 6-4, a clear height advantage over defensive backs. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 5 players who will impact Notre Dame football's 2018 season," 10 July 2018 Later in the season, Vanek had great chemistry with Frans Nielsen and Athanasiou. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Grading the Detroit Red Wings' free agency signings," 1 July 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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