organic


1or·gan·ic

adjective \r-ˈga-nik\

of food : grown or made without the use of artificial chemicals

: not using artificial chemicals

: of, relating to, or obtained from living things

Full Definition of ORGANIC

1
archaic :  instrumental
2
a :  of, relating to, or arising in a bodily organ
b :  affecting the structure of the organism
3
a (1) :  of, relating to, or derived from living organisms <organic evolution> (2) :  of, relating to, yielding, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides <organic farming> <organic produce>
b (1) :  of, relating to, or containing carbon compounds
(2) :  relating to, being, or dealt with by a branch of chemistry concerned with the carbon compounds of living beings and most other carbon compounds
4
a :  forming an integral element of a whole :  fundamental <incidental music rather than organic parts of the action — Francis Fergusson>
b :  having systematic coordination of parts :  organized <an organic whole>
c :  having the characteristics of an organism :  developing in the manner of a living plant or animal <society is organic>
5
:  of, relating to, or constituting the law by which a government or organization exists
or·gan·i·cal·ly \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
or·ga·nic·i·ty \ˌr-gə-ˈni-sə-tē\ noun

Examples of ORGANIC

  1. He thinks of the city not as a collection of different neighborhoods but as an organic whole.
  2. This neighborhood is an organic part of the city.

First Known Use of ORGANIC

1517

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

2organic

noun

Definition of ORGANIC

:  an organic substance: as
a :  a fertilizer of plant or animal origin
b :  a pesticide whose active component is an organic compound or a mixture of organic compounds
c :  a food produced by organic farming

First Known Use of ORGANIC

1942

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: organical
Previous Word in the Dictionary: organ gun
All Words Near: organic

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up organic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More