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

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 Wang described this as an ionic salt that happens to be molten at room temperature (although the ions are often organic chemicals, rather than elements). John Timmer, Ars Technica, 21 July 2022 The company is using an ionic liquid as the foundation of its electrolyte. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 21 July 2022 As a result, Williams accepts an offer from villain Baron Zemo that gives him ionic superpowers including super strength and durability. Joe Otterson, Variety, 16 June 2022 Stories tied him to the android via ionic energy and brainwaves that implied the two were akin to brothers. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 June 2022 The dryer features ionic technology to seal the cuticle and help reduce frizz, while its 1200-watt motor features two heat settings and a cool shot button. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, 21 June 2022 With a flexible paddle and ionic bristles, the brush gently glides through tangles and knots to prevent breakage. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, 8 June 2022 The design can import resources through the building and mine the sodium chloride and ionic substances obtained by electrolyzing seawater (splitting it into its oxygen and hydrogen components). Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 17 May 2022 When drying, opt for a microfiber towel and blow dryers that are powered by ionic or light technology. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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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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