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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Durkin’s return to the sidelines could disrupt the team’s chemistry. David Ginsburg, The Seattle Times, "Board recommends Durkin to return as Maryland football coach," 31 Oct. 2018 That’s a pretty hefty scene to follow, and whoever plays Oliver’s mysterious wife will need serious screen presence to avoid being overshadowed by the Oliver/Elio chemistry, so Johnson seems like a perfect choice. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "Call Me By Your Name," 17 Oct. 2018 That's no doubt a product of the dynamic chemistry behind Centineo and Purser, who spend a majority of the movie talking behind screens but still have sparks. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Shannon Purser Admits She ‘Lightly Stalked’ Noah Centineo Before Working With Him," 20 Sep. 2018 That, honey, is oxidation, which can cause a foundation to change colors throughout the day, due to the chemistry of our skin and exposure to air. Dafra Sanou, Allure, "How to Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade Match When You Have Dark Skin," 18 July 2018 At a small, underfunded college nearby, the chairman of the chemistry department has to make the rounds at local high schools to collect unused beakers and petri dishes. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "America’s Disappearing Private Colleges," 21 Feb. 2019 David Limmer, a theoretical chemistry professor at UC Berkeley, said in an interview last year. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 Discovered by chemistry professor Alan Aiken in 2014, the historic document had apparently been left in a storage area. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "World's Oldest Periodic Table Found in Storage," 18 Jan. 2019 And that’s probably why salts products can afford to pack a bigger dose of nicotine, according to David Peyton, a chemistry professor at Portland State University. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Juul’s nicotine salts are dominating the market — and other companies want in," 21 Nov. 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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