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

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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Other Words from ionic

Adjective (1)

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

Examples of ionic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And a lab simulation on ionic and covalent bonds for her college biology class didn’t work properly. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Meet Jyla and Citlali: kindergartener and high school senior offer lens into online learning," 3 Oct. 2020 Ceramic plates employ ionic technology to reduce static and leave hair shiny and smooth. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best flat iron of 2020," 25 Sep. 2020 In particular, ionic, pristine recreational areas are in danger of massive resource extraction projects. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "The President Just Signed a Historic Conservation Bill That Will Help Buy New Public Lands and Fix Our National Parks," 4 Aug. 2020 The ionic lion statues outside of the NYPL's Bryant Park location are now wearing special masks made just for their giant, marble faces. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Iconic lion statues outside New York Public Library wear giant face masks, reminding others to do the same," 30 June 2020 Lignin does not dissolve in most solvents, but investigators have shown that certain environmentally friendly ionic liquids (which are composed largely of ions) can selectively separate it from wood and woody plants. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 Lignin does not dissolve in most solvents, but investigators have shown that certain environmentally friendly ionic liquids (which are composed largely of ions) can selectively separate it from wood and woody plants. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 Shaped like a round brush, the Revlon hot air brush boasts ionic technology to combat frizz, leaving your hair silky smooth while locking in mega volume. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "The Best-Selling Air Dryer Brush with Over 13,000 Amazon Reviews Is 30% Off—But Only Until Tonight," 2 Dec. 2019 And its ionic technology does double duty by maintaining the moisture in your hair and eliminating frizz at the same time. NBC News, "Why you should invest in your hair with this $60 hair dryer," 21 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of ionic was in 1585

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15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ionic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ionic. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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ionic

adjective
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 ionically (audio) \ adverb

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