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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Photos courtesy of Caravan Outfitter The allure of #VanLife is strong, from the nomadic lifestyle to the ability to camp wherever, whenever. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Modular camper van sleeps two and hauls gear, asks $37K," 22 Oct. 2018 Clemens and Radboy mean to take this new, nomadic, scene-shifting format forward. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Telfar Takes Over London’s Serpentine Gallery," 13 Aug. 2018 In Kenya's largely pastoralist Wajir County, prolonged drought is pushing growing numbers of the region's nomadic herders to see camels – and their milk – as a drought-safe investment. Zoe Tabary, The Christian Science Monitor, "A new use for ATMs in Kenya: camel milk dispenser," 3 July 2018 Bloody clashes between farmers and nomadic herders in Nigeria’s central Plateau State in late June claimed at least 86 lives, as each group vied for the region’s increasingly scarce farmland. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Land Conflict Has Long Been a Problem in Nigeria. Here’s How Climate Change Is Making It Worse," 28 June 2018 Five percent of Moroccans, all of them Berbers, are nomadic. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "T&C Travel: Best of Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015 Eleven-year-old Serenity Withers and her schoolmates have lived a nomadic existence at Bridge Boston Charter School over the last five years as the school bounced from one lackluster building to another. James Vaznis,, "Building boom at Boston charter schools outpaces that at other city schools," 11 June 2018 In 1963, the Warren family began a bit of a nomadic existence as Geoffrey Warren’s career progressed. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Betsy Warren, former Glencoe village president, dies at 90," 19 May 2018 Israeli restrictions have long forced Bedouin communities to give up their nomadic way of life, Abu Dahouk said. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "As Israeli bulldozers circle, a tiny village takes center stage in Palestinian struggle," 11 July 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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