from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The science of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter, especially of atomic and molecular systems.
- n. The composition, structure, properties, and reactions of a substance.
- n. The elements of a complex entity and their dynamic interrelation: "Now that they had a leader, a restless chemistry possessed the group” ( John Updike).
- n. Mutual attraction or sympathy; rapport: The chemistry was good between the partners.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The branch of natural science that deals with the composition and constitution of substances and the changes that they undergo as a consequence of alterations in the constitution of their molecules.
- n. An application of chemical theory and method to a particular substance.
- n. The mutual attraction between two people; rapport.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That branch of science which treats of the composition of substances, and of the changes which they undergo in consequence of alterations in the constitution of the molecules, which depend upon variations of the number, kind, or mode of arrangement, of the constituent atoms. These atoms are not assumed to be indivisible, but merely the finest grade of subdivision hitherto attained. Chemistry deals with the changes in the composition and constitution of molecules. See atom, molecule.
- n. An application of chemical theory and method to the consideration of some particular subject.
- n. A treatise on chemistry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of the composition of material things and the changes which they undergo in consequence of changes in their ultimate composition.
- n. Same as chemiatry.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
- n. the chemical composition and properties of a substance or object
- n. the way two individuals relate to each other
First coined 1605. From chemist, chymist, from Latin alchimista, from Arabic الكيمياء (al-kīmiya’), from article ال- (al-) + Ancient Greek χυμεία (khumeia, "art of alloying metals"), from χύμα (khuma, "fluid"), from χυμός (khumos, "juice"), from χέω (kheō, "I pour"). (Wiktionary)