plural in form but singular or plural in construction
1
: study : knowledge : skill : practice
linguistics
electronics
2
: characteristic actions or activities
acrobatics
3
: characteristic qualities, operations, or phenomena
mechanics

Word History

Etymology

-ic entry 1 + -s entry 1; translation of Greek -ika, from neuter plural of -ikos -ic

Dictionary Entries Near -ics

Cite this Entry

“-ics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-ics. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

-ics

singular or plural noun suffix
(ˌ)iks
1
: study : knowledge : skill : practice
electronics
2
: characteristic actions or activities
acrobatics
3
: characteristic qualities or operations
mechanics
Etymology

derived from Greek -ika "study, skill"

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