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 organic (audio) \ adverb
organicity \ ˌȯr-​gə-​ˈni-​sə-​tē How to pronounce organic (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 Renting year-to-year makes organic certification almost impossible. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 10 June 2021 The ceramist’s influence is evident in the wavy, organic shapes of the line’s bold rings, pendant necklaces, chokers and earrings in silver and gold, which have been accented with freshwater pearls, silk cords and glass baubles. New York Times, 10 June 2021 Flame on Peri Peri Grill, 7041 N. Milwaukee Ave., offers organic chicken and peri peri — Portuguese chili used as part of African cuisine. George Castle, chicagotribune.com, 10 June 2021 Pairing the color with accessories like sisal rugs or wooden beads and bowls can also help create an organic feel, says interior designer Jessica Davis of JL Design. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 June 2021 It’s not such a strange idea; Prince Charles’ great loves are organic vegetables and gardens, and the family still owns sprawling estates across the country. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, 9 June 2021 Forust’s technology deposits a binding agent made with lignin – the organic polymer byproduct of the paper industry – over thin layers of sawdust to create intricate designs, one layer at a time. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 June 2021 Users typically prefer Milorganite because it's seen as an organic fertilizer. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2021 One Mighty Mill now works with three organic wheat farmers, including the original farm in Linneus, Maine, and operates stone mills in four locations. BostonGlobe.com, 8 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Vector vaccines are based in the organic, and thus unpredictable, world of biology. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 But food is a sluggish, low-margin sector, and even once-hot categories like organics have slowed. Matthew Boyle, Bloomberg.com, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 29 Jan. 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 19 Jun. 2021.

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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 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 organic (audio) \ adverb
organicity \ ˌȯr-​gə-​ˈnis-​ət-​ē How to pronounce organic (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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