(immunology) the attraction between an antigen and an antibody
(anthropology) kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship
affinity, phylogenetic relation(noun)
(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"
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"
affinity, chemical attraction(noun)
the force attracting atoms to each other and binding them together in a molecule
"basic dyes have an affinity for wool and silk"
inherent resemblance between persons or things
a natural attraction or feeling of kinship
"an affinity for politics"; "the mysterious affinity between them"; "James's affinity with Sam"
A natural attraction or feeling of kinship to a person or thing.
A family relationship through marriage of a relative (e.g. sister-in-law), as opposed to consanguinity. (e.g. sister).
A kinsman or kinswoman of such relationship. Affinal kinsman or kinswoman.
The fact of and manner in which something is related to another.
Any romantic relationship.
Any passionate love for something.
resemblances between biological populations; resemblances that suggest that they are of a common origin, type or stock.
structural resemblances between minerals; resemblances that suggest that they are of a common origin or type.
An attractive force between atoms, or groups of atoms, that contributes towards their forming bonds
The attraction between an antibody and an antigen
tendency to keep a task running on the same processor in a symmetric multiprocessing operating system to reduce the frequency of cache misses
Origin: From affinité.
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
kinship generally; close agreement; relation; conformity; resemblance; connection; as, the affinity of sounds, of colors, or of languages
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
a relation between species or highe/ groups dependent on resemblance in the whole plan of structure, and indicating community of origin
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
Origin: [OF. afinit, F. affinit, L. affinites, fr. affinis. See Affined.]
Affinity were an English jazz-rock fusion band, active from mid-1968 to January 1972.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
af-fin′i-ti, n. nearness of kin, agreement, or resemblance: causal relationship: structural resemblance between languages of ultimately common origin: structural resemblance between plants, animals, or minerals pointing to identity of stock: relationship by marriage, opposed to consanguinity or relationship by blood: (B.) social relationship: the spiritual relationship between sponsors and their godchild: a mysterious attraction supposed to exist between two persons: (chem.) the peculiar attraction between the atoms of two simple substances that makes them combine to form a compound.—adj. Affin′itive. [Fr.—L. affinitas—affinis, neighbouring—ad, at, finis, boundary.]
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
The attraction of atoms and in some cases perhaps of molecules for each other by the force of chemical attraction. When the affinity is allowed to act or is carried out, a chemical change, as distinguished from a physical or mechanical change, ensues. Thus if sulphur and iron are each finely powdered and are mixed the change and mixture are mechanical. If slightly heated the sulphur will melt, which is a physical change. If heated to redness the iron will combine with the sulphur forming a new substance, ferric sulphide, of new properties, and especially characterized by unvarying and invariable ratios of sulphur to iron. Such change is a chemical one, is due to chemical affinity, is due to a combination of the atoms, and the product is a chemical compound.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
Complimentary term for your husband or your wife. Sometimes a synonym for "Your finish."
The numerical value of Affinity in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of Affinity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Love is the affinity which links and draws together the elements of the world... Love, in fact, is the agent of universal synthesis.
There is a great affinity for Canadians here in the Netherlands. When we did our research we found that the Dutch people had a great affinity for Canadians and for the Hudson's Bay Company.
Americans have a longstanding affinity with railroads and railroad tracks, but train tracks are private property and are dangerous places where trains kill and injure hundreds of people every year.
It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.
The viewers had an affinity for him, and he was a very trustworthy journalist— he covered politics and covered the world, and brought those stories home to North Carolina in a meaningful way that made the stories make sense, and put it in context for the viewers at home.
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Translations for Affinity
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- Verwandtschaft, AffinitätGerman
- sukulainen, viehtymys, mieltymys, lankous, affiniteettiFinnish
- アフィニティ, 親和性Japanese
- affiniteit, welgezindheidDutch
- тя́га, влече́ние, аффините́т, свойство́, ро́дственник, схо́дство, рома́н, ро́дственность, ро́дственница, увлече́ние, сродство́, сродство, бли́зость, родство́Russian
- sklȍnōst, afinìtēt, srȍdnōst, sròdstvoSerbo-Croatian
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