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Webster 1913 Edition


Chemical

Chem′ic-al

,
Adj.
Pertaining to chemistry; characterized or produced by the forces and operations of chemistry; employed in the processes of chemistry;
as,
chemical
changes;
chemical
combinations
.
Chemical attraction
or
Chemical affinity
.
See under
Attraction
.

Chem′ic-al

,
Noun.
A substance used for producing a chemical effect; a reagent.

Webster 1828 Edition


Chemical

CHEMICAL.

[See Chimical.]

Definition 2022


chemical

chemical

English

Adjective

chemical (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Of or relating to alchemy.
  2. Of or relating to chemistry.
  3. Of or relating to a material or processes not commonly found in nature or in a particular product.

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  • technochemical

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chemical (plural chemicals)

  1. (chemistry, sciences) Any specific chemical element or chemical compound or alloy.
  2. (colloquial) An artificial chemical compound.
    I color my hair with henna, not chemicals.
  3. (slang) An addictive drug.

Usage notes

  • The noun is frequently used in a slang and more specific non-technical way (2nd and 3rd definition) by the general public. Chemists and those who understand chemistry may gravitate toward the first, but the term "substance" is preferred usage.

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