ion·​ic | \ ī-ˈä-nik How to pronounce ionic (audio) \

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
Ion·​ic | \ ī-ˈä-nik How to pronounce Ionic (audio) \

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



Definition of Ionic (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from ionic

Adjective (1)

ionicity \ ˌī-​ə-​ˈni-​sə-​tē How to pronounce Ionic (audio) \ noun

Examples of ionic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The nano-ionic technology deeply penetrates for a cleaner feeling. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Facial Steamer," 29 Apr. 2021 Dorsey and Dueñas both advocate for tools with ionic technology. Tess Garcia,, "The 11 Best Products for Curly Hair, According to Celebrity Hairstylists," 26 Apr. 2021 Resembling the brand’s popular Double Shot Oval Blow-Dryer Brush, this mini blow-dryer brush utilizes ionic technology to help reduce frizz and add shine to hair. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "New and Notable: Latest from Drybar, Schick, TRUFF and more," 8 Feb. 2021 The heated ionic brush has three heat settings and protective guards to prevent scorching. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "All the products you need to care for your lockdown facial hair," 5 Mar. 2021 Then there's a charming old house that features depictions of masked healthcare workers sporting the fleur-de-lis symbol that is often associated with New Orleans, complete with giant pearl-like strands draped from the home’s many ionic columns. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "In Lieu of Floats, New Orleans Residents Decorated Their Homes for Mardi Gras This Year," 17 Feb. 2021 While ionic dryers may reduce static electricity, according to scientists at the University of California Santa Barbara, that doesn’t amount to much, as frizz caused by static only tends to last a few minutes. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best hair dryers of 2021," 20 Jan. 2021 The slides came sculpted with low heels, a three-dimensional diamond pattern on the body, and traced the top of the foot with ionic swirls. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Give Me a Princess Shoe in 2021," 27 Jan. 2021 Another Best of Beauty Award winner, this option features ionic technology that helps to dry hair fast. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Now's The Time to Buy a Quality Hair-Dryer Without Feeling Bad About The Price Tag," 30 Nov. 2020

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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


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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ion·​ic | \ ī-ˈän-ik How to pronounce ionic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce ionic (audio) \ adverb

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