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 In his book, Scheidel goes back to the end of the Ice Age, when nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes settled into permanent dwellings, which for the first time allowed for the accumulation of wealth that could be passed on to heirs. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "The Ultra-Wealthy Who Argue That They Should Be Paying Higher Taxes," 30 Dec. 2019 Nomadic lifestyle in Mongolia Three Camel Lodge in the Gobi Desert aims to combine Mongolia’s nomadic culture with the feel of a luxury retreat. Danielle Braff, Houston Chronicle, "10 of the world's most beautiful places to unplug," 27 Dec. 2019 Three Camel Lodge in the Gobi Desert aims to combine Mongolia’s nomadic culture with the feel of a luxury retreat. Danielle Braff, Washington Post, "Go phone-free in these 10 stunning accommodations, including pods attached to a mountain," 20 Dec. 2019 Sovalik, a 77-year-old village elder, catches and dries broad whitefish by the Colville River, hanging thick, pink-hued slabs on rafters near the site of a trading post where her nomadic ancestors used to barter for Siberian goods. Anchorage Daily News, "As Alaska warms, one village’s fight over oil development and the future," 14 Dec. 2019 The nomadic tribes had their own religious iconography, often aggressive and martial. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "How the Indian icon Nataraja danced his way from ancient history to modern physics," 18 Dec. 2019 Centuries after a worldwide pandemic wiped out 99% of the population and blinded all the survivors, small bands of sightless humans live in nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes in the Pacific Northwest. Ani Bundel, Ars Technica, "See on Apple TV+: Less Game of Thrones, more unintentionally funny SyFy," 29 Oct. 2019 Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, has grown rapidly in recent years, as nomadic herders have left the countryside and settled on the city's outskirts. National Geographic, "What comes to those who persist?," 4 Nov. 2019 Together the readily available shellfish and other abundant foods provided a high-quality diet that allowed people to become less nomadic, increased their birth rates and reduced their child mortality. Curtis W. Marean, Scientific American, "When the Sea Saved Humanity," 1 Nov. 2012

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 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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