no·​mad·​ic | \ nō-ˈma-dik How to pronounce nomadic (audio) \

Definition of nomadic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of nomads a nomadic tribe nomadic herders
2 : roaming about from place to place aimlessly, frequently, or without a fixed pattern of movement a nomadic hobo

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Examples of nomadic in a Sentence

raised in a nomadic family, she attended half a dozen different high schools
Recent Examples on the Web But the one aspect of nomadic life that's been surprisingly easy for me? Cat Quinn,, "I’m A Beauty Editor Road-Tripping Across America — Here’s What I Packed," 3 Sep. 2020 The nomadic nature of a racetrack lifestyle didn't mesh well with her desire to put down roots and spend more time with her aging mother. Maggie Menderski,, "It's been 50 years since she became the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby," 31 Aug. 2020 Escondido’s Cocoon Training Center, which offers crossfit training, has endured a nomadic existence over the past several months, after closing for three months in March based on state and county health orders. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Escondido businesses embracing outdoor operations," 21 Aug. 2020 In early interviews, Beuys claimed to have survived a plane crash thanks to the help of nomadic Tatars, who found him in the snow, wrapped him in wool and slathered him in tallow. Alexandra Kleeman, New York Times, "The Spiritual Power of Fat," 12 Aug. 2020 Ethiopia's Afar region is mostly inhabited by nomadic herders and is home to the Danakil Depression, a popular tourist area that has been called the hottest place on Earth. Elias Meseret, Star Tribune, "Flooding in northeastern Ethiopia displaces nearly 20,000," 8 Aug. 2020 Depp plays Colonel Joll, sent from imperial headquarters to inspect the settlement and investigate the activities of the nomadic people who live off the surrounding land. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "The Brutal World of Waiting for the Barbarians," 7 Aug. 2020 How does his wife deal with his workload, his nomadic schedule? Karen Heller, Washington Post, "Ben Crump has become the go-to attorney for racial justice: ‘I feel like I’m running out of time’," 19 June 2020 Mongolia’s nomadic livestock herders have little choice but to allow domestic animals to mix regularly with wildlife – sharing the same water sources and increasing the risk of disease transmission. Amy Levine, The Denver Post, "Coronavirus pandemic is reminder of the delicate human-animal interface," 2 May 2020

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First Known Use of nomadic

circa 1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nomadic was circa 1818

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“Nomadic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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no·​mad·​ic | \ nō-ˈma-dik How to pronounce nomadic (audio) \

Kids Definition of nomadic

1 : characteristic of or being a nomad or group of nomads nomadic herders a nomadic lifestyle
2 : roaming about from place to place nomadic wolves

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