chemistry

noun
chem·​is·​try | \ˈke-mə-strē \
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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If personal chemistry with Trump winds up being the determining factor, the nomination could go to Kethledge, the dark horse pick. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Supreme Court Pageant Could Come Down to Looks," 5 July 2018 After the couple won the Nobel prize in 1903, Marie became not only the first woman laureate but would also become the first to win in two separate scientific categories, physics and chemistry. WSJ, "Five Best: Oren Harman on Science and Literature," 5 July 2018 They are used to playing with each other and this could help to form a unique chemistry, enabling them to marshal an effective defensive unit. SI.com, "Why Tottenham Should Move to Sign Colombia Defender Yerry Mina From Barcelona," 12 July 2018 Ultimately, in Kavanaugh, Trump chose not just an unabashed conservative candidate likely to please his base but one who appealed to him for other reasons, as well: personal chemistry, Ivy League credentials and a compelling personal story. Author: Ashley Parker, Robert Costa, Anchorage Daily News, "‘All a little misdirection’: Inside Trump’s sometimes-wavering decision to nominate Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Each task resembles research that is current in biology and chemistry. Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, "It’s Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.," 3 July 2018 The companies above use biology and chemistry—seeds, fertilizer and pesticides—to combat nature’s uncertainties. Alan Murray, Fortune, "China Surprise, EU Tariffs, Browder Arrest: CEO Daily for May 30, 2018," 30 May 2018 According to the schools’ program of studies, Central students must have taken or be enrolled in biology and chemistry before being accepted into AP biology. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Residents to file civil rights complaint stating District 86 discriminates against Hinsdale South students," 24 May 2018 Their classes focus on basic science, the drug's physiology, molecular biology and chemistry. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Universities meet growing demand with Weed 101," 20 Apr. 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 \

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 \
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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