Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Chemical.
  • adj. Archaic Alchemic.
  • n. Obsolete An alchemist.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Practising chemistry (or, earlier, alchemy); pertaining to these sciences.
  • adj. Produced through alchemy; counterfeit.
  • adj. Chemical.
  • n. A chemist or (earlier) an alchemist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Chemical.
  • n. A chemist; an alchemist.
  • n. A solution of chloride of lime.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to chemistry (or, formerly, to alchemy): same as chemical, but now used chiefly in poetry.
  • Imitative; adulterated; not the genuine thing. See alchemy, 3.
  • n. A chemist or an alchemist.
  • n. In bleaching, a dilute solution of chlorid of lime.
  • In bleaching, to steep, as cotton goods, in a dilute solution of chlorid of lime in stone vats, the liquor being pumped up and strained through the goods until the action is complete.
  • n. Specifically A solution or liquor of chlorid of lime or bleaching-powder for bleaching vegetable matter, as cotton.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or used in chemistry

Etymologies

From Late Latin chemicus, chimicus, chymicus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sometimes it is sold in this condition under the term "chemic," but if this be used in dyeing wool it gives rather unsatisfactory results.

    The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics

  • Life is vastly different from mere chemic matter fluxing in high modes of notion.

    Chapter 12

  • Shave from me with sharp razors my lips, my nose, my ears -- ay, and tear out the eyes of me by the roots; and there, mewed in that featureless skull that is attached to a hacked and mangled torso, there in that cell of the chemic flesh, will still be I, unmutilated, undiminished.

    Chapter 12

  • Thin to emaciation, he seemed a cold flame of a man, a man of a mysterious, chemic sort of flame, who, under a glacier-like exterior, conveyed, somehow, the impression of the ardent heat of a thousand suns.

    Chapter II

  • Only the flesh dies and passes, ever a-crawl with the chemic ferment that informs it, ever plastic, ever crystallizing, only to melt into the flux and to crystallize into fresh and diverse forms that are ephemeral and that melt back into the flux.

    Chapter 22

  • Baby products include potentially dangerous chemic ...

    Hillary wins Massachusetts

  • The gases gather to the solid firmament: the chemic lump arrives at the plant, and grows; arrives at the quadruped, and walks; arrives at the man, and thinks.

    Representative Men

  • Day after day and because so much alone, and furthermore because of so strong a chemic or temperamental pull that was so definitely asserting itself, he could no longer keep his eyes off her — or she hers from him.

    An American Tragedy

  • In a single week then, at odd hours, morning, afternoon and night, this chemic witchery was accomplished.

    An American Tragedy

  • It is a sad commentary on all save the most chemic unions — those dark red flowers of romance that bloom most often only for a tragic end — that they cannot endure the storms of disaster that are wont to overtake them.

    The Titan

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