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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Recent Examples on the Web The injuries prevented the Lakers from forming a cohesive unit with the chemistry and teamwork that defined last season's champions. Greg Beacham, ajc, 4 June 2021 Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden have eased any concerns about the Nets' chemistry, while getting solid contributions from the rest of their deep rotation. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 The injuries prevented the Lakers from forming a cohesive unit with the chemistry and teamwork that defined last season's champions. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, 4 June 2021 Smart and Einbinder have an off-kilter chemistry that will keep you happily off-balance. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2021 Willms questioned why the hospital trust wasn't spending money on her late father's other charitable interests, such as support for physically disabled children, orphans, college scholarships and research into food, medicine and chemistry. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 June 2021 His teammates appreciated his unselfishness and style of play and were excited to continue building chemistry with him. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, 3 June 2021 Victories like self-correcting defensive lapses, getting players back from injury and creating chemistry. J.l. Kirven, The Indianapolis Star, 3 June 2021 After Mahomes and his Chiefs teammates completed their second week of OTAs, the quarterback said the OTAs are good time to experiment on new things while building chemistry. Jeff Fedotin, Forbes, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of chemistry

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chemistry

earlier chymistrie, chymistrie, from chymist, chimist chemist + -ry, probably after earlier alchemistri, alcumistry "alchemy"

Note: Regarding distinctions between chemistry and alchemy see note at chemist.

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The first known use of chemistry was in 1646

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8 Jun 2021

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“Chemistry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chemistry. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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