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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 af·fin·i·ty /əˈfɪnəti/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 af·fin·i·ty /əˈfɪnətɪ/ 名詞

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Af·fin·i·ty n.; pl. Affinities
 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. 1.
 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. Lewis.
 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 higher 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

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

From: Easton's 1897 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.