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Meaning of AFFINITY

Pronunciation:  u'finitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  inherent resemblance between persons or things
  2. [n]  a natural attraction or feeling of kinship; "an affinity for politics"; "the mysterious affinity between them"; "James's affinity with Sam"
  3. [n]  the force attracting atoms to each other and binding them together in a molecule; "basic dyes have an affinity for wool and silk"
  4. [n]  (immunology) the attraction between an antigen and an antibody
  5. [n]  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"
  6. [n]  (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"
  7. [n]  kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship

AFFINITY is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: chemical attraction, kinship, kinship by marriage, phylogenetic relation
 Antonyms: blood kinship, cognation, consanguinity
 See Also: attraction, attraction, attractive force, attractiveness, family relationship, force, rapport, relation, relationship, resemblance, resonance, steprelationship, sympathy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Af*fin"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Affinities}. [OF. afinit['e],
F. affinit['e], L. affinites, fr. affinis. See {Affined}.]
1. 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.

         Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh.   --1 Kings iii.

2. Kinship generally; close agreement; relation; conformity;
   resemblance; connection; as, the affinity of sounds, of
   colors, or of languages.

         There is a close affinity between imposture and
         credulity.                            --Sir G. C.

2. Companionship; acquaintance. [Obs.]

         About forty years past, I began a happy affinity
         with William Cranmer.                 --Burton.

4. (Chem.) 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.

5. (Nat. Hist.) A relation between species or highe? groups
   dependent on resemblance in the whole plan of structure,
   and indicating community of origin.

6. (Spiritualism) 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.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Attraction between particles or substances to other particles or substances. In biological and biochemical fields, this term generally is a measure of the attraction of one biological molecule toward another molecule (which can be organic or inorganic), either to alter it, destroy it, or form a compound with it. Examples are enzymes and their substrates, or antibodies and their antigens.
Easton Bible Dictionary

relationship by alliance (2 Chr. 18:1) or by marriage (1 Kings 3:1). Marriages are prohibited within certain degrees of affinity, enumerated Lev. 18:6-17. Consanguinity is relationship by blood.

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