• WordNet 3.6
    • adj affine (anthropology) related by marriage
    • adj affine (mathematics) of or pertaining to the geometry of affine transformations
    • n affine (anthropology) kin by marriage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Affine To refine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • affine Related; akin; affined.
    • n affine A relative by marriage; one akin.
    • affine To refine. Holland.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Affine af-fīn′ (obs.) a relation, connection
    • adjs Affine related, bound by some tie
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  • Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
    “Love is the affinity which links and draws together the elements of the world... Love, in fact, is the agent of universal synthesis.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. affiner, to refine; ,L. ad,) + fin, fine. See Fine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.—L. affinis, neighbouring—ad, to, at, finis, a boundary.


In literature:

But Browning's conception of his wife's nature had a significant affinity to his portrayal of Pompilia.
"Robert Browning" by C. H. Herford
The affinity between sexes is clearly marked.
"Life in a Thousand Worlds" by William Shuler Harris
On the other hand, bodies dependent on weak affinities very rarely give way.
"Experimental Researches in Electricity, Volume 1" by Michael Faraday
On these affinities and reactions sense and intellect are grafted.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Several languages bear a strong testimony to the affinity of these ideas.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Krumpholz seems to have had an affinity for discovering talent in others.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
This has some affinities apparently with Sterculiaceae; the flowers are perhaps polygamous.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
The Church of England had never had a real affinity with Rome.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
It was the year after Miss Lucinda had come to the seminary to teach elocution that Miss Joe Hill discovered in her an affinity.
"Miss Mink's Soldier and Other Stories" by Alice Hegan Rice
Here and here only both Eastern and Western Hemisphere show a strong affinity of race.
"Influences of Geographic Environment" by Ellen Churchill Semple
Table to shew the Affinity between the Languages Spoken at Oonalashka and Norton Sound, and those of the Greenlanders and Esquimaux.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
So it must overcome the power of chemical affinity in water and air.
"Among the Forces" by Henry White Warren
It comes because there is an affinity within you for it.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
However, he did not care for billiards, nor had their affairs any affinity with his.
"On the Stairs" by Henry B. Fuller
The system of natural affinities.
"Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection" by Alfred Russel Wallace
In some things we have an affinity.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
In this case, its affinities to the other fourteen new species will be of a curious and circuitous nature.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
This affinity of the coffee oil for caffeol assists in the retention of aromatic substances by the whole roasted bean.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
AFFINITY, sexual elective, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
That water has a considerable affinity with phlogiston, is evident from the strong impregnation which it receives from it.
"Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air" by Joseph Priestley

In poetry:

Some call this power attraction,
Some term it affinity,
But all recognize its existence
And wonderful potency.
"The Desirable Undefined" by Jared Barhite
It baffles me to puzzle out the clue,
Which must be skill, or craft, or luck in you:
Unless, indeed, it be
Natural affinity.
"The Queen Of Hearts" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
To certain, special lines of thought
My mind intuitively tends,
And old affinities have brought
Not new, but ancient friends.
"Reincarnation" by John Lawson Stoddard
With all the dread solemnities
Associated with that word,
The severance of affinities,
Life-loves and friendships long preferred.
"Tribute To Rev. William Paul Quinn" by James Madison Bell
"For deep affinities, for drawings strong,
That by their nature each must needs exert;
For loved alliance, and for union long,
That stands before desert.
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
I being graft in Thee I am grafted here
Into Thy family, and kindred claim
To all in heaven, God, saints, and angels there.
I Thy relations my relations name.
Thy father's mine, Thy God my God, and I
With saints and angels draw affinity.
"Preparatory Meditations - First Series: 29" by Edward Taylor

In news:

Petrino's affinity for Aggies-Razorbacks series is twofold .
And because barbecue and Zinfandel have a natural affinity, we've put together a selection of 9 recently rated Zinfandels to pour at the pincic table.
It's no secret that Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has an affinity with electronic music.
This old-school C20 work truck not only shows Brian's artistic chops, but also his affinity for functional design.
Some are using aggressive tactics, such as an edgy TV campaign from St Paul-based Affinity Plus.
I never watched Lost, I have no affinity for fairy tales, none of the actors or characters really appeal to me.
Handout Passengers drinking wine on the sky deck aboard the Avalon Affinity on the Moselle River in Germany.
I've had an affinity for him ever since he made leaving Cleveland trendy.
"Spalding is a brand that consumers have a great affinity for," noted Rich Schwartz, president of PremiumBag.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. Kenny Perry attended Western Kentucky, gives generously to Lipscomb, but has an affinity for UK basketball.
LANCASTER — The Cannon-Bell family has an affinity for the Michael J Fox Foundation and its work for Parkinson's research.
Whether or not you like the Twilight Saga movies and books, it's likely that you'll at least bear affinity for a few entries on the movies' soundtrack.
We're polarized by our affinity for local collegiate teams.
To be sure, joining an affinity group isn't always a sure-fire ticket to the top.
Actor's 'affinity' for Judaism not enough to justify his recent claims, leaders say.

In science:

Degenerate double affine Hecke algebra Let C[ ˙W ] denote the group algebra of ˙W and let S ( ˙h) denote the symmetric algebra of ˙h = h ⊕ Cc.
Classification of simple modules over degenerate double Affine Hecke algebras of type A
Non-metric generalizations of GR are considered and a system of postulates is formulated for metric-affine and Finsler gravitational theories.
Non-metric Generalizations of Relativistic Gravitational Theory and Observational Data Interpretation
At the end we consider a differential-geometrical problem, which is useful for subsequent applications: this concerns with perturbations of geodesics of Riemannian space induced by affine and Finsler deformations of connection.
Non-metric Generalizations of Relativistic Gravitational Theory and Observational Data Interpretation
We see that expression (A6) indeed satisfies Eq. (A5). Formula (A6) is valid for deformations due to disturbance of the metric as well as for affine and Finsler deformations of the connection.
Non-metric Generalizations of Relativistic Gravitational Theory and Observational Data Interpretation
Cartan, On manifolds with an affine connection and the theory of relativity, (English translation by A.
Hermitian structures defined by linear electromagnetic constitutive laws
Let us consider a lattice, the atoms of which have a field strong enough to make a bound state with one additional electron (first electron affinity is negative).
A simple model for describing a lattice with a double occupancy
We then take API to be the intersection of the affine space generated by the yF’s with the non-negative orthant of RExE .
Two conjectures such that the proof of any one of them will lead to the proof that P = NP
Chatterjee and S-C Chen, “Affinity hybrid tree:An indexing technique for content-based image retrieval in multimedia databases,”in Procceedings of the Eighth IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia(ISM’06).pp.2746-2755.2006. T.
Feature-Based Adaptive Tolerance Tree (FATT): An Efficient Indexing Technique for Content-Based Image Retrieval Using Wavelet Transform
In addition to electronic polarization or charge redistribution, the shape of neutral conjugated molecules yields position-dependent ionization potentials and electron affinities in organic thin films.
Ionization potentials of crystalline organic thin films: Position dependence due to molecular shape and charge redistribution
Condensed phases are perturbations for noble gases or organic molecules with van der Waals and other weak interactions. Polarization reduces gas-phase ionization potentials IG and increases electron affinities AG.
Ionization potentials of crystalline organic thin films: Position dependence due to molecular shape and charge redistribution
TdE and resistant to the external force, thus explaining why the bound affinity has opposite sign to the external force.
New Thermodynamic Paradigm of Chemical Equilibria
The bound affinity is a system value: at TdF=0 (or at TdE) it doesn’t exist.
New Thermodynamic Paradigm of Chemical Equilibria
In clopen systems bound affinity appears as the system reaction to the external impact. Indeed, it is a real internal thermodynamic force, caused by external TdF and intended to return the system to TdE as the external TdF vanishes.
New Thermodynamic Paradigm of Chemical Equilibria
The bound affinity manifests the subsystem resistance to external impact, it is the system force of thermodynamic inertia. We have carried the above derivations keeping in mind open equilibrium as equilibrium stationary state.
New Thermodynamic Paradigm of Chemical Equilibria
Thermodynamic Theory of Affinity, 100-103. California: Stanford University Press (1936). Beck, C. & Schlögl, F.
New Thermodynamic Paradigm of Chemical Equilibria