organic

adjective
or·​gan·​ic | \ ȯr-ˈga-nik How to pronounce organic (audio) \

Definition of organic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : of, relating to, yielding, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides organic farming organic produce
(2) : of, relating to, or derived from living organisms organic evolution
b(1) : relating to, being, or dealt with by a branch of chemistry concerned with the carbon compounds of living beings and most other carbon compounds studied organic chemistry in college
(2) : of, relating to, or containing carbon compounds organic solvents
2a : having systematic coordination of parts : organized an organic whole
b : forming an integral element of a whole : fundamental incidental music rather than organic parts of the action— Francis Fergusson
c : having the characteristics of an organism : developing in the manner of a living plant or animal society is organic many new coinages … stem from the normal organic structure of the language— William Chomsky
3a : of, relating to, or arising in a bodily organ
b : affecting the structure of the organism an organic disease
4 : of, relating to, or constituting the law by which a government or organization exists their nation has written the separation of church and state into its organic law— Paul Blanshard
5 archaic : instrumental

organic

noun

Definition of organic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an organic substance: such as
a : a fertilizer of plant or animal origin
b : a pesticide whose active component is an organic compound or a mixture of organic compounds
c : a food produced by organic farming

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Other Words from organic

Adjective

organically \ ȯr-​ˈga-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce organically (audio) \ adverb
organicity \ ˌȯr-​gə-​ˈni-​sə-​tē How to pronounce organicity (audio) \ noun

Examples of organic in a Sentence

Adjective He thinks of the city not as a collection of different neighborhoods but as an organic whole. This neighborhood is an organic part of the city.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Now, her uncle and aunt Robert and Janet English live there, growing the organic Koginut squash from Row 7 seeds on the previously dormant farm, and Garner created the recipe herself. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Garner Smiles as She Proudly Shows Off Her Gigantic Sunflowers: 'Come on, July'," 13 July 2020 This organic wine looks rich and dark but tastes much lighter and is not very tannic. Marc Bona, cleveland, "10 wines under $25 for a hot day in July," 12 July 2020 The inner layer of the lightweight masks is made from 100 percent organic cotton, while the outer layer is crafted from an antimicrobial, quick-drying polyester performance fabric. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, "This Celeb-approved Golf Brand Launched Antimicrobial, Quick-drying Face Masks — and They’re Only $10 Each," 11 July 2020 This style of organic artwork using pressing techniques to preserve the beauty of natural flora and fauna. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, "How To Hang a Pressed Botanical Gallery Wall," 9 July 2020 That helps explain the bargain prices, such as $34 for 12 pints of organic strawberries. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, "Farm to parking lot to table: The pandemic is inspiring creative efforts to get locally sourced food," 9 July 2020 These come in a few adorable patterns, are made with organic cotton and are extra absorbent to help with little accidents those first days, weeks or even months of being newly potty trained. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "Potty train your toddler this summer with these ideas from experts," 8 July 2020 Each mask is made of a recycled hemp and organic-cotton blend, with latex-free elastic ear straps—and for every mask purchase, the company is donating one to a food-service worker volunteering or a medical professional in need. Erin Parker, Glamour, "Here’s Exactly Where to Buy Face Masks Online," 8 July 2020 Collectively, the Black Lives Matter protests, more organic in nature, appear to have far surpassed those numbers. BostonGlobe.com, "Black Lives Matter may be the largest movement in US history," 7 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But food is a sluggish, low-margin sector, and even once-hot categories like organics have slowed. Matthew Boyle, Bloomberg.com, "Walmart Unveils Robot-Run Warehouse to Whisk Food to Your Car," 10 May 2020 By choosing specific combinations of metals and organics, scientists can select the chemical properties of each MOF and thereby customize its uses. Donna J. Nelson, Scientific American, "Off-Grid Devices Draw Drinking Water from Dry Air," 26 June 2017 The organic molecules and volatiles, comparable to samples of sedimentary rock rich in organics on Earth, included thiophenes, methylthiophenes methanethiol and dimethylsulfide. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The Curiosity rover found organic molecules on Mars. This is why they're exciting," 6 Mar. 2020 Reynoso is working to get mandatory organics recycling passed by the City Council before the end of the year. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "How South Korea Is Composting Its Way to Sustainability," 2 Mar. 2020 Located on Bennu’s equator, Osprey is less likely to preserve organics, and its rocks look slightly bulkier. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "NASA selects target for asteroid-sampling campaign this summer," 12 Dec. 2019 Previous reasons include the misunderstanding of organics, profit from chemical sales, paradigm problems, fear of going it alone, and inability to admit being wrong. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Why natural organic gardening and landscaping practices aren’t mainstream ... yet," 26 Feb. 2020 In his 45 years in the waste, organics, and recyclables hauling industry, Louie Pellegrini has never seen market prices for recyclables so low. Tracey Lindeman, Fortune, "Recycling hasn’t changed in years, but America is on the cusp of a reckoning," 29 Jan. 2020 In 2018, de Blasio neglected to fund expansion of the organics-recycling program. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "How South Korea Is Composting Its Way to Sustainability," 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of organic

Adjective

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Noun

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of organic was in 1509

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“Organic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/organic. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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organic

adjective
How to pronounce organic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of organic

of food : grown or made without the use of artificial chemicals
: not using artificial chemicals
: of, relating to, or obtained from living things

organic

adjective
or·​gan·​ic | \ ȯr-ˈga-nik How to pronounce organic (audio) \

Kids Definition of organic

1 : relating to or obtained from living things organic matter
2 : relating to carbon compounds : containing carbon
3 : being, involving, or producing food grown or made without the use of artificial chemicals organic beans organic farming

organic

adjective
or·​gan·​ic | \ ȯr-ˈgan-ik How to pronounce organic (audio) \

Medical Definition of organic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or arising in a bodily organ
b : affecting the structure of the organism an organic disease — compare functional sense 1b
2a(1) : of, relating to, or derived from living organisms
(2) : relating to, yielding, dealing in, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides organic stores
b(1) : of, relating to, or containing carbon compounds
(2) : relating to, being, or dealt with by a branch of chemistry concerned with the carbon compounds of living beings and most other carbon compounds

Other Words from organic

organically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce organically (audio) \ adverb
organicity \ ˌȯr-​gə-​ˈnis-​ət-​ē How to pronounce organicity (audio) \ noun, plural organicities

organic

noun

Medical Definition of organic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an organic substance: as
a : a fertilizer of plant or animal origin
b : a pesticide whose active component is an organic compound or a mixture of organic compounds

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