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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pure a. [Compar. Purer superl. Purest.]
 1. Separate from all heterogeneous or extraneous matter; free from mixture or combination; clean; mere; simple; unmixed; as, pure water; pure clay; pure air; pure compassion.
    The pure fetters on his shins great.   --Chaucer.
    A guinea is pure gold if it has in it no alloy.   --I. Watts.
 2. Free from moral defilement or quilt; hence, innocent; guileless; chaste; -- applied to persons. “Keep thyself pure.”
    Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience.   --1 Tim. i. 5.
 3. Free from that which harms, vitiates, weakens, or pollutes; genuine; real; perfect; -- applied to things and actions. Pure religion and impartial laws.” --Tickell. “The pure, fine talk of Rome.” --Ascham.
    Such was the origin of a friendship as warm and pure as any that ancient or modern history records.   --Macaulay.
 4. Script. Ritually clean; fitted for holy services.
    Thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the Lord.   --Lev. xxiv. 6.
 5. Phonetics Of a single, simple sound or tone; -- said of some vowels and the unaspirated consonants.
 Pure-impure, completely or totally impure. “The inhabitants were pure-impure pagans.” --Fuller.
 Pure blue. Chem. See Methylene blue, under Methylene.
 Pure chemistry. See under Chemistry.
 Pure mathematics, that portion of mathematics which treats of the principles of the science, or contradistinction to applied mathematics, which treats of the application of the principles to the investigation of other branches of knowledge, or to the practical wants of life. See Mathematics. --Davies & Peck (Math. Dict. )
 Pure villenage Feudal Law, a tenure of lands by uncertain services at the will of the lord. --Blackstone.
 Syn: -- Unmixed; clear; simple; real; true; genuine; unadulterated; uncorrupted; unsullied; untarnished; unstained; stainless; clean; fair; unspotted; spotless; incorrupt; chaste; unpolluted; undefiled; immaculate; innocent; guiltless; guileless; holy.
 

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Chem·is·try n.
 1. That branch of science which treats of the composition of substances, and of the changes which they undergo in consequence of alterations in the constitution of the molecules, which depend upon variations of the number, kind, or mode of arrangement, of the constituent atoms. These atoms are not assumed to be indivisible, but merely the finest grade of subdivision hitherto attained. Chemistry deals with the changes in the composition and constitution of molecules. See Atom, Molecule.
 Note:Historically, chemistry is an outgrowth of alchemy (or alchemistry), with which it was anciently identified.
 2. An application of chemical theory and method to the consideration of some particular subject; as, the chemistry of iron; the chemistry of indigo.
 3. A treatise on chemistry.
 Note:This word and its derivatives were formerly written with y, and sometimes with i, instead of e, in the first syllable, chymistry, chymist, chymical, etc., or chimistry, chimist, chimical, etc.; and the pronunciation was conformed to the orthography.
 Inorganic chemistry, that which treats of inorganic or mineral substances.
 Organic chemistry, that which treats of the substances which form the structure of organized beings and their products, whether animal or vegetable; -- called also chemistry of the carbon compounds.  There is no fundamental difference between organic and inorganic chemistry.
 Physiological chemistry, the chemistry of the organs and tissues of the body, and of the various physiological processes incident to life.
 Practical chemistry, or Applied chemistry, that which treats of the modes of manufacturing the products of chemistry that are useful in the arts, of their applications to economical purposes, and of the conditions essential to their best use.
 Pure chemistry, the consideration of the facts and theories of chemistry in their purely scientific relations, without necessary reference to their practical applications or mere utility.