Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Chemical.
  • adjective Archaic Alchemic.
  • noun An alchemist.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • noun A chemist or an alchemist.
  • noun In bleaching, a dilute solution of chlorid of lime.
  • noun Specifically A solution or liquor of chlorid of lime or bleaching-powder for bleaching vegetable matter, as cotton.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Chemical.
  • noun obsolete A chemist; an alchemist.
  • noun (Bleaching) A solution of chloride of lime.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective archaic Practising chemistry (or, earlier, alchemy); pertaining to these sciences.
  • adjective obsolete Produced through alchemy; counterfeit.
  • adjective Chemical.
  • noun A chemist or (earlier) an alchemist.

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

  • adjective relating to or used in chemistry

Etymologies

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From Late Latin chemicus, chimicus, chymicus.

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

  • 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

  • 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

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