- a substance produced by or used in a chemical process.
- chemicals, Slang. narcotic or mind-altering drugs or substances.
Origin of chemical
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Examples from the Web for chemically
Chemically speaking, Molly is an amphetamine with a twist of phenethylamine (a hallucinogen).Molly: The Dangerous Drug That’s Too Good to Quit
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Even salt is chemically broken down and rebuilt for optimum flavor.How Fast Food Hooks Us
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Dating behavior may differ internationally, but we are all chemically identical in love.Why Online Dating Is Struggling to Go Global
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I blasted the Beastie Boys and chemically straightened my curls, drenching them with Sun-In until I, too, had long, golden waves.Living On—And Leaving—America’s Biggest Commune
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The 4-foot-11 Douglas appears to have chemically relaxed natural hair, to which she has added a human-hair ponytail for height.Gabby Douglas Takes Two Olympic Golds—And Hair Criticism
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To add to its value as a manure, both physically and chemically.
Lime may be said to act on the soil both mechanically and chemically.
Does it chemically destroy the stomach, and life in consequence?Zoonomia, Vol. II
Chemically, gold is very inactive and combines with but few other elements.The Economic Aspect of Geology
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The man who uses only one of them is chemically equal to him who absorbs several.Bouvard and Pcuchet
- any substance used in or resulting from a reaction involving changes to atoms or molecules, especially one derived artificially for practical use
- of or used in chemistrychemical balance
- of, made from, or using chemicalschemical fertilizer
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Word Origin and History for chemically
1747, from chemical (adj.). Related: Chemicals.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to chemistry.
- Of or relating to the properties or actions of chemicals.
- A substance with a distinct molecular composition that is produced by or used in a chemical process.
- A drug, especially an illicit or addictive one.
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- Relating to or produced by means of chemistry.
- A substance having a specific molecular composition, obtained by or used in a chemical process.
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