no·mad·ic | \ nō-ˈma-dik \

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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The podcast is about women who lead nomadic lives, and the Instagram account seamlessly curates different voices into one feed, dedicating each post to a new traveler. Jill Sanford, Outside Online, "9 Travel Accounts You Should Follow on Instagram," 1 July 2018 That said, the Jolie-Pitts lead a nomadic life, and the children currently reside in an eight-bedroom rental in Surrey, near the River Thames. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How Will Brad and Angelina Divide Their Assets?," 20 Sep. 2016 Times are hard for the Hadza, who include some of the last people on the planet to live as nomadic hunter-gatherers. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Farmers, tourists, and cattle threaten to wipe out some of the world’s last hunter-gatherers," 17 May 2018 Artifacts date back to the sixth millennium B.C., when agricultural advances allowed nomadic hunter-gatherers to stay in one place. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "An Awkward Trek Through Time at the Penn Museum," 14 May 2018 The Tuvans are a nomadic Siberian people who have been living in birch-bark yurts and herding goats and yaks on the plains north of Mongolia since prehistoric times. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Center of Asia Is in Two Different Spots—Here's Why," 5 Feb. 2018 Newly inspired, Nature G decided to reunite Tengger Cavalry and bring in other nomadic folk musicians from Beijing to record with them. Christa Titus, Billboard, "Nature G Reunites Mongolian Folk Metal Band Tengger Cavalry For 'Heart': Exclusive," 13 July 2018 And everyone has an interesting background because something triggers their ability to want to be adventurous, live this life, be nomadic, be social. Steve Friess, New York Times, "A Gated Community for a Home on Wheels," 28 June 2018 The tribes who populated the region at the time were nomadic, spreading across central Asia through modern-day Mongolia, Kazakhstan, northeast China, and southern Russia. National Geographic, "1,700-Year-Old Musical Instrument Found, and It Still Works," 11 Jan. 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 \

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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