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 Look for certification labels such as Green Label Plus or Greenguard low-VOC (meaning volatile organic compounds that can affect indoor air quality). Washington Post, "5 ways to give your home a green reboot," 22 Jan. 2020 The breathing zone will be monitored with a photoionization detector to screen for volatile organic compounds (in the work zone). al, "3M to test soil, groundwater at landfill near Decatur school," 14 Jan. 2020 According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, sea foam forms when organic and artificial matter in the ocean is agitated by wind and waves. Fox News, "Sea foam floods streets of Spanish town during deadly storm," 24 Jan. 2020 Golden Nest Pancake & Cafe plans to open by the end of February at 11250 W. Burleigh St. The restaurant will have organic and gluten-free options, as well as a full bar. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new breakfast and lunch spot will open at the Mayfair Collection in February," 23 Jan. 2020 To the most stubborn San Franciscans, city officials’ embrace of a New York City corporate chain restaurant feels like a surprise uppercut to a town that prides itself on all things homegrown, organic and unconventional. Nick Eilerson, SFChronicle.com, "Shake Shack signals change in San Francisco," 22 Jan. 2020 Switch from conventional and naturally-inspired brands to Zatik: organic, safe and effective. Woman's Day, "Made by Nature, Backed by Science," 21 Jan. 2020 And at Medd Café in Jedda, the Red Sea city where social codes have long been more relaxed than elsewhere, the organic, fair-trade beans are roasted in-house. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "Saudi Society Is Changing. Just Take a Look at These Coffeehouses.," 15 Jan. 2020 Plant People offers organic, high-performance CBD and adaptogen products. Brierley Horton, al, "Health or Hype? Which alternative health trends are worth a try," 14 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the nomination is impressive enough on its own — a sign that Black Pumas’ organic, word-of-mouth rise has hit the wider industry radar. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Black Pumas' fresh spin on retro soul has them packing venues — and heading to the Grammys," 19 Jan. 2020 The poisons, traps, organics and predator pee don't stop them for long. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "How to control rats, those unwelcome visitors to Washington gardens," 1 Dec. 2019 As the soil warms up and the number of frost-free days increases, microbes attack these fragile organics, leaving only rot behind. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, "Viking History Is Melting Away in Greenland," 11 July 2019 When looking at the potential habitability of an environment, NASA's checklist includes water, organics and a food or energy source toward the top. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Organic compounds have been found on Saturn's moon Enceladus," 2 Oct. 2019 Residents can also compost their tree by leaving it in the green organics recycling cart and setting it out at the normal collection time. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "Done with your Christmas tree? The city will take it off your hands.," 28 Dec. 2019 The metal and non-organics found in a person’s body are screened out. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Colorado lawmakers to consider letting human bodies be composted," 16 Dec. 2019 All of those melting plastics and asphalt could, potentially, kick up fewer organics but far more soot, perhaps causing the plume to self-loft even higher. Madeleine Stone, National Geographic, "To better grasp nuclear winter, scientists study wildfire cloud," 8 Aug. 2019 If the goal is to more responsibly handle their trash, their recycling, their organics down the road, the city is going to have to be involved in the process. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Talking trash with a third-generation St. Paul hauler weighing in on the city’s Nov. 5 ballot referendum," 12 Oct. 2019

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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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“Organic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/organic. Accessed 17 Feb. 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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