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Definitions of affinity

  1. kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a natural attraction or feeling of kinship; "an affinity for politics"; "the mysterious affinity between them"; "James's affinity with Sam" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the force attracting atoms to each other and binding them together in a molecule; "basic dyes have an affinity for wool and silk" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (immunology) the attraction between an antigen and an antibody Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character; "found a natural affinity with the immigrants"; "felt a deep kinship with the other students"; "anthropology's kinship with the humanities" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (biology) state of relationship between organisms or groups of organisms resulting in resemblance in structure or structural parts; "in anatomical structure prehistoric man shows close affinity with modern humans" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. Kinship generally; close agreement; relation; conformity; resemblance; connection; as, the affinity of sounds, of colors, or of languages. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Companionship; acquaintance. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. That attraction which takes place, at an insensible distance, between the heterogeneous particles of bodies, and unites them to form chemical compounds; chemism; chemical or elective affinity or attraction. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A superior spiritual relationship or attraction held to exist sometimes between persons, esp. persons of the opposite sex; also, the man or woman who exerts such psychical or spiritual attraction. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Relationship by marriage (as between a husband and his wife's blood relations, or between a wife and her husband's blood relations); - in contradistinction to consanguinity, or relationship by blood; - followed by with, to, or between. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A relation between species or highe groups dependent on resemblance in the whole plan of structure, and indicating community of origin. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Nearness of kin, agreement, or resemblance: relationship by marriage, opposed to consanguinity or relationship by blood: (chem.) the peculiar attraction between the atoms of two simple substances that makes them combine to form a compound. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Relation by marriage; chemical attraction. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. Natural inclination; chemical attraction. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Relationship by marriage, in contradistinction to consanguinity or relationship by blood; agreement; connection; the tendency which the particles of dissimilar bodies have to combine and form new compounds; resemblance in structure. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. Relation; agreement; relationship by marriage; in chem., the combining power of bodies. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. Relationship; similarity in all essential organs. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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Usage examples for affinity

  1. So long as the action passing on the boards is in ever so remote a degree in affinity with its supposed natural counterpart, and is suited with dialogue that is fairly appropriate, the use of expletives is not omitted in deference to the susceptibilities of an audience. – A Cursory History of Swearing by Julian Sharman
  2. Men often discover their affinity to each other by the mutual love they have for a book- just as two persons sometimes discover a friend by the admiration which both entertain for a third. – Character by Samuel Smiles
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