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



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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 And then there's just some logistic things that have to be taken care of. NBC News, "Transcript: End of an Impasse," 14 Jan. 2020 Mercedes also planned a 1.3 million square foot after-sales hub, located next door to the logistic center, providing spare parts for overseas markets. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "A decade after decline, Alabama’s automakers are booming," 31 Dec. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The acrimony of my parents’ messy divorce, coupled with insurmountable logistics, kept my four siblings and me from attending our father’s funeral. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn M. Sullivan: The fortifying joy in showing up for grief," 22 Dec. 2019 An orange is a classic Christmas gift, a tradition dating from a time of less sophisticated global shipping logistics, when receiving a single orange was a rare and marvellous treat. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies: From Murderous Mermaid Salt to Lamps Made Out of Croissants," 12 Dec. 2019 But the chain has its logistics down pat, with expediters in headsets taking orders in parking lots and lines moving swiftly in stores. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Chicken sandwich mania at Popeye’s: big crowds, long waits and our critic’s take," 25 Aug. 2019 But the play, while regularly taught in college theater seminars, is less commonly revived because of its complicated logistics. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Under-performed feminist masterpiece ‘Fefu and Her Friends’ is reborn at the Odyssey," 13 Aug. 2019 Such partnerships are most often found in capital-intensive industries such as oil field logistics, which includes pipeline systems and terminals. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s NuStar Energy posts strong 2Q earnings," 8 Aug. 2019 The tunnel expansion could benefit Tradepoint Atlantic, the company that is redeveloping the former steel mill site in Sparrows Point into a hub for logistics, warehouse and manufacturing businesses. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Feds award long-sought grant to help expand Baltimore’s Howard Street Tunnel but not as much as Maryland wanted," 22 July 2019 An improved system for logistics helped in the second quarter, Tesla said, without providing more detail. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Tesla delivers record number of cars, shares up 8%," 2 July 2019 In our logistics operation…in the middle of last year there was really a capacity crunch. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "View From the Box: CAI International’s CEO on the Outlook for Global Shipping," 5 Mar. 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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The first known use of logistic was in 1905

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24 Jan 2020

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“Logistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logistical. Accessed 29 Jan. 2020.

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to assert without proof or before proving

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