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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The characters were really well thought out and there was so much chemistry between everyone. Aili Nahas, PEOPLE.com, "Rachel Bilson Shares Her Favorite Memories from The O.C., Names Her 'Funniest' Costar," 27 June 2018 That chemistry can be valuable for a secondary that has gone through so much change in the last several years. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Intriguing Panthers, position by position, as team transitions from OTAs to camp," 15 June 2018 Her favorite subjects are chemistry, biology and English. Fox plans to study molecular and cell biology, with a double major in English while eyeing a medical/research career. P.k. Daniel, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Union-Tribune All-Academic Team Captains for spring sports," 6 June 2018 The chemistry there is harsh, but microbes on Earth can tolerate acidic, sulfur-rich conditions. NBC News, "NASA has a plan to let humans soar above the clouds on Venus," 5 June 2018 The chemistry is evident on a team that’s already made program history with single-season record for wins. Steve Millar, Daily Southtown, "Sarah's style: Knoepfle usually stars on defense, but her latest scoring surge leads Lemont to state," 31 May 2018 The height of this was the chemistry between Harrison Ford’s Han and Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia in the original trilogy, where there was a fine line between bickering and flirtation. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "We've got a good feeling about this: It's time for 'Star Wars' to have a sex scene," 30 May 2018 Most important, there was a unique chemistry among Frost’s staff unlike anything seen before, which led to the entire group moving to Nebraska. Shannon Green, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF opens spring football with key questions to address," 20 Mar. 2018 By the winter before the 2017 season the value of team chemistry remained in the first bucket. Ben Reiter, SI.com, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 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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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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