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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And while there's plenty of drama happening in front of the camera, Sarah is pleased that IRL there's nothing but strong chemistry between her on-screen sisters. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, ""Charmed" Star Sarah Jeffery on the Resurgence of Witches and Why She'd Use Her Powers on Her Dog," 12 Nov. 2018 The spooky setting and strong chemistry between the lead actors pretty much ensured its success with viewers and critics alike. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "True Detective seems ready to return to top form in new S3 trailer," 2 Nov. 2018 What makes the podcast great — really, what makes any podcast great — is the chemistry between the hosts. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Best Podcasts of 2018 So Far," 5 June 2018 All along there were signs, chemistry, a mysterious familiarity building. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "When Priyanka Met Nick: A Love Story," 29 Nov. 2018 Anyone watching season 27 of Dancing With the Stars could see there was chemistry between Alexis Ren and her partner Alan Bersten. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Fans Freak Out Over Alexis Ren and Milo Manheim's New Photos," 26 Nov. 2018 But the most important part of the formula — cliché or not — could be team chemistry. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "One reason for WSU’s success compared to ‘selfish’ 2017 Cougars? ‘We love each other, man’," 14 Nov. 2018 So like a terrific dinner party or a dream improv team, the writers’ room has to have chemistry and comedy and community. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Jill Soloway on the Emotional Labor of the Female Showrunner," 5 Oct. 2018 Only some bigleaf and mountain hydrangeas are able to change according to the soil chemistry and the presence of aluminum in the soil. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Hydrangeas," 1 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 \

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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