nonchemical

adjective

non·​chem·​i·​cal ˌnän-ˈke-mi-kəl How to pronounce nonchemical (audio)
: not chemical
nonchemical methods
nonchemical facial treatments
nonchemical pest control

Examples of nonchemical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The particular weave provides the matte crispness, while the raw material—premium extra-long-staple cotton grown in Egypt—plus a special nonchemical treatment that physically opens up the fibers, generates the soft handle. Janice O'Leary, Robb Report, 6 Mar. 2022 Structural repair stands firm as the most all-natural, nonchemical solution, but Carrillo notes another hack that's proven successful on farms. Blair Donovan, Country Living, 20 Apr. 2021 Some effective nonchemical extermination approaches have been used for years. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2021 Today, collections use nonchemical methods, like freezing, to treat mold and insect infestations. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 June 2020 In the past two weeks, various law enforcement agencies have used many non-projectile and nonchemical tools, including batons, helicopters, riot shields and even horses, to attempt to control unrest. Anchorage Daily News, 7 June 2020 There’s no quick method to get rid of a bedbug infestation, but chemical and nonchemical methods are effective - along with patience, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Lateshia Beachum, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Jan. 2020 All very innocent — moving lawn furniture a block down the street, soaping windows, leaving stink bombs on porches (homemade, nonchemical, nonexplosive types) and moving outhouses. John Kelly, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2019 More recent attacks have involved both chlorine, which has nonchemical uses and is easier to acquire, and the more sophisticated chemical sarin, the officials said. Bloomberg.com, 1 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonchemical was in 1847

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“Nonchemical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonchemical. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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