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

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For the past eight years, his family has traveled the U.S. full time in their RV and established a community and a support business for other nomadic-minded families. Austen Erblat,, "8-year-old boy serves food to Palm Beach County’s homeless," 7 June 2019 Khama, dismissive of the Bushmen's semi-nomadic culture, has said the government's job is to protect the park and preserve its wildlife. Robyn Dixon,, "This former African president stands out — and not just because he once crashed an air force plane," 1 Apr. 2018 The culture of the Plains Indians was designed for nomadic hunters, but is not suited to a First World, 21st- century environment. Michael Smerconish,, "Penn Prof. Amy Wax loses her voice | Michael Smerconish," 27 Mar. 2018 In wary opposition to the construction are the nomadic Tuareg people, who believe that permanent habitations are antithetical to the spirit of the region and, being Muslim, consider the settlers’ worship of gold to be a form of fetishism. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Heaven Is Not at All What You Think," 25 Jan. 2019 Vodianova leaned into the nomadic look (a Loewe Spring 2018 theme!), pairing the shoe with baggy pants, a loose cardigan and tank, and a Christian Dior messenger bag. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Dua Lipa Does Extreme Animal Print, Emily Ratajkowski Glows on a Boat," 6 Apr. 2019 Whatever the route, the nomadic Minshew has landed in the Senior Bowl, along with quarterbacks like Duke’s Daniel Jones, West Virginia’s Will Grier and Missouri’s Drew Lock. John Zenor, The Seattle Times, "Well-traveled QB Gardner Minshew hoping to find NFL home," 22 Jan. 2019 The Himba response to the aridity of Kaokoland is nomadic pastoralism. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Specifically, the war with Boko Haram has spilled into areas where nomadic herders typically roam, forcing them to find new terrain. Emmanuel Akinwotu, New York Times, "Nigeria’s Farmers and Herders Fight a Deadly Battle for Scarce Resources," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of nomadic

circa 1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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