ionic

adjective (1)
ion·ic | \ī-ˈä-nik \

Definition of ionic 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, existing as, or characterized by ions ionic gases the ionic charge

2 : based on or functioning by means of ions ionic conduction

Ionic

adjective (2)
Ion·ic | \ī-ˈä-nik \

Definition of Ionic (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of or relating to the ancient Greek architectural order distinguished especially by fluted columns on bases and scroll volutes in its capitals — see order illustration

2 : of or relating to Ionia or the Ionians

Ionic

noun

Definition of Ionic (Entry 3 of 3)

: a dialect of ancient Greek spoken especially in Ionia and the Cyclades

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Adjective (1)

ionicity \ˌī-ə-ˈni-sə-tē \ noun

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Expensive dryers tend to come with hair-saving smart features like high power, multiple heat settings, a cool shot, and ionic air technology. Lauren Levinson, SELF, "8 Mistakes You're Making When You Blow-Dry Your Hair," 14 Mar. 2018 This new discovery—that turbulence in superheated plasma takes place not only on an atomic scale, but also on a large ionic scale simultaneously—sheds a whole lot of light on the inner workings of prospective fusion reactors. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "New Development Could Help Solve Fusion Reactors' Most Mysterious Problem," 21 Jan. 2016 The ionic liquid in his fuel cell is goopy, 10 times more viscous than water. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 To speed things up, MacFarlane and his colleagues are toying with their ionic liquids. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 The ionic designer, who died at 40 by suicide on Feb. 11, 2010, built a fashion empire in the ’90s, and his designs continue to be celebrated by celebrities and fashion tastemakers alike. Brittany Talarico, PEOPLE.com, "Get an Exclusive First Look at the New Alexander McQueen Documentary," 3 July 2018 This new oral delivery features insulin-ionic liquid formation encapsulated in an acid-resistant enteric coating. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "These insulin pills could replace daily injections for diabetics, study says," 28 June 2018 What’s the difference between a healthy ionic hair dryer and a damage control hair dryer? Beverly Beckham, BostonGlobe.com, "Google it? But I don’t want to," 18 May 2018 Another muscle design is made from stretchy, ionic conductors with a liquid pocket inside. National Geographic, "This Artificial Muscle Costs 10 Cents to Make. And It’s As Strong As an Elephant.," 5 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of ionic

Adjective (1)

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ionic

Adjective (1)

ion + -ic entry 1

Adjective (2)

Latin & Middle French; Middle French ionique, from Latin ionicus, from Greek iōnikos, from Iōnia Ionia

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ionic

adjective
ion·ic | \ī-ˈän-ik \

Medical Definition of ionic 

1 : of, relating to, existing as, or characterized by ions ionic gases the ionic charge

2 : based on or functioning by means of ions ionic conduction

Other Words from ionic

ionically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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