organic

adjective
or·​gan·​ic | \ȯr-ˈga-nik \

Definition of organic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : instrumental

2a : of, relating to, or arising in a bodily organ

b : affecting the structure of the organism an organic disease

3a(1) : of, relating to, or derived from living organisms organic evolution

(2) : 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

b(1) : of, relating to, or containing carbon compounds organic solvents

(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 studied organic chemistry in college

4a : forming an integral element of a whole : fundamental incidental music rather than organic parts of the action— Francis Fergusson

b : having systematic coordination of parts : organized an organic whole

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

5 : 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

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 \ adverb
organicity \ ˌȯr-​gə-​ˈni-​sə-​tē \ 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

Natural-foods seller Whole Foods’ similarly struggled when larger grocers like Walmart Inc. and Kroger Co. began selling natural and organic products at lower prices. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Food Maker Hain Replaces CEO," 29 Oct. 2018 These effective favorites are all paraben- and BPA-free with natural and organic ingredients. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Stressful times call for an all-natural spa day," 15 Oct. 2018 The growers use only natural or organic growing methods. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Trip to Bordeaux wine country is an educational experience," 13 July 2018 Amazon last year plunged into the U.S. grocery business by acquiring Whole Foods Market Inc., a 465-store leader in the selling of natural and organic groceries, for $13.7 billion. James F. Peltz, latimes.com, "Amazon jumps into drug business with PillPack acquisition, threatening to disrupt another industry," 28 June 2018 Traditional supermarkets face increased competition from all sides, Specialty stores, such as those selling natural and organic foods, draw niche shoppers, while online grocers snag the tech-minded or convenience-focused. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Kroger to test grocery delivery using driverless vehicles," 28 June 2018 The global market for natural and organic personal care products was $11.5 billion in 2017 and is expected to increase 11 percent by 2026. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This natural deodorant made on a Wisconsin family farm sells for $7 a stick at Whole Foods," 19 June 2018 This week in Florida, for example, Prime members can get $2 off a pound of organic strawberries or save $10 a pound on wild halibut steaks. BostonGlobe.com, "Investors dump GE shares," 17 May 2018 Kardashian has been a long time advocate for healthy, natural and organic living. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Kourtney Kardashian Wears a Crop Top to Address Congress About Cosmetics Reform," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Stardust recovery mission found organics and glycine - one of the simplest amino acids. Jamie Seidel, Fox News, "Wild new alien theory emerges," 28 June 2018 Lunt says future systems that yoke UV-capturing perovskites to infrared-capturing organics could reach efficiencies of 20%, while still being nearly entirely transparent. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Skyscrapers could soon generate their own power, thanks to see-through solar cells," 28 June 2018 After moving to Los Angeles with her now-husband, Deters began concocting her own products out of her kitchen until finding a lab in Canada that shared her dedication to organics. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Meet the Brilliant New Skin-Care Line That Would Make Marie Kondo Proud," 21 June 2018 Saturn moon Enceladus is first alien 'water world' with complex organics. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: The battle over the Supreme Court begins; Trump-Putin summit details to be revealed," 28 June 2018 Perhaps, some researchers speculated, Mars’s remaining organics—and thus any signs of past or present life—were locked away in its subsurface depths. Adam Mann, Scientific American, "Curiosity Rover Uncovers Long-Sought Organic Materials on Martian Surface," 7 June 2018 The bad news, McKay said, is that all missions to Mars have tried to find organics using this heat method. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "NASA may have burned best proof of life on Mars by accident over 40 years ago," 12 July 2018 From there, the organics are ejected into space in icy plumes that reach more than 10,000 above the ground, where our spacecraft can snatch them out of the void. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Saturn's Moon Enceladus Is Spewing Complex Organic Molecules Into Space," 27 June 2018 Before scientists were able to work out the complex organics in the plumes of Enceladus, NASA managed to determine that a smaller substance is abundant in the moon's waters: molecular hydrogen. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Saturn's Moon Enceladus Is Spewing Complex Organic Molecules Into Space," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of organic

Adjective

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1840, in the meaning defined above

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organic

adjective

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 \

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 \

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 \ adverb
organicity \ ˌȯr-​gə-​ˈnis-​ət-​ē \ noun plural -ties

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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