lo·​gis·​tic | \ lō-ˈji-stik How to pronounce logistic (audio) , lə- \
variants: or logistical \ lō-​ˈji-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce logistical (audio) , lə-​ \

Definition of logistic

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1a : of or relating to symbolic logic
b : of or relating to the philosophical attempt to reduce mathematics to logic
2 : of or relating to logistics a logistic problem
3 logistic : of, represented by, or relating to a logistic curve a logistic process



Definition of logistic (Entry 2 of 2)

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logistically \ lō-​ˈji-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce logistically (audio) , lə-​ \ adverb

Examples of logistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Foreign minister Lavrov is planning on establishing logistic centers in Eritrea in order to similar strategic access to resources. Landry Signé, Quartz Africa, "Vladimir Putin is resetting Russia’s Africa agenda to counter the US and China," 21 Oct. 2019 FreshDirect’s logistic hurdles start well before delivery. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Inside FreshDirect’s Big Bet to Win the Home-Delivery Fight," 18 July 2018 From a pure logistic standpoint, repeating the same city more than once in a row might be easier on the team. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Twitch CEO on War for Streaming Talent, Transparent Moderation Plans," 30 Sep. 2019 Amazon is a logistic giant that relies heavily on gas-guzzling planes and trucks to deliver packages to shoppers’ doors in as little as 24 hours. Wired, "Amazon’s New Climate Pledges Won’t Stop Employee Walkout," 19 Sep. 2019 This year, the organizers have taken some lessons learned from the first event to make a few logistic changes to this year’s festival. Jamie Swinnerton, Houston Chronicle, "Diversity and inclusion the focus of The Woodlands Pride fest," 5 Sep. 2019 However, this plan imposes logistic and financial burdens on developing countries. Patricia L. Foster, The Conversation, "A newly designed vaccine may help stamp out remaining polio cases worldwide," 13 Sep. 2019 The Chinese have characterized the base as a logistic hub for peacekeeping and anti-piracy operations. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "U.S. accuses China of directing blinding lasers at American military aircraft in Djibouti," 3 May 2018 Amazon has been expanding its own logistic network, delivering more of its customers’ orders and reducing its reliance on FedEx and other carriers. Jonnelle Marte, Washington Post, "FedEx ends ground shipping contract with Amazon," 7 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Uber is the worst performer in the Vision Fund's portfolio following a mega write down, and more trouble could be brewing in transportation and logistics, which represents 40% of the fund's total investments. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "SoftBank's troubles don't end with Wag. Here are 5 more investments to watch closely," 10 Dec. 2019 There are a few seemingly simple protections against online predators, but logistics, gaming culture and financial concerns present obstacles. BostonGlobe.com, "When Kate’s 13-year-old son took up Minecraft and Fortnite, she did not worry. He played in a room where she could keep an eye on him.," 8 Dec. 2019 Hernandez’s mother stayed at a Ronald McDonald House near the Miami hospital and Tapia covered the logistics for families that had never been in the U.S., didn’t really know how to get around town and didn’t speak English. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "RedsXtra: Cincinnati Reds teammates remember Jairo Capellán 1 year after fatal car crash," 2 Nov. 2019 Then, too, logistics firms that schedule and track the increasingly complex world of shipping and order fulfillment are looking for new space here along I-75 and near Metro Airport in western Wayne County. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "This hidden real estate sector is the healthiest in metro Detroit," 23 Oct. 2019 Inpax’s owner, Leonard Wright, has run various companies in the logistics and shipping business since the 1990s. Patricia Callahan, ProPublica, "Amazon Cuts Contracts With Delivery Companies Linked to Deaths," 11 Oct. 2019 But without cell reception, the logistics took months to arrange. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "In Angola, Prince Harry joins quest to eradicate land mines," 11 Oct. 2019 People who have gone through trauma need help with logistics in the short term. Womansday.com Staff, Woman's Day, "Dr. Jennifer Ashton Shares How She Coped After Her Husband's Suicide," 25 Aug. 2019 One of the biggest threats comes from Cainiao, a Chinese rival backed by Alibaba that in 2017 pledged to invest $15bn in cross-border logistics. The Economist, "FedEx’s visionary founder is a disrupter at risk of disruption," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of logistic


1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1905, in the meaning defined above

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12 Dec 2019

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“Logistic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logistic. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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