organic

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

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 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

Those reactions can produce new gases, exotic types of haze and even organic compounds. Quanta Magazine, "The Scientist Who Cooks Up the Skies of Faraway Worlds," 8 Apr. 2019 Lawmakers who are critical of the bill have proposed the creation of a national pesticide policy that would aim to reduce Brazil's reliance on hazardous products and encourage the use of more organic pesticides. Sarah Dilorenzo, Fox News, "Human Rights Watch urges Brazil to regulate pesticides more," 20 July 2018 Indulge in a facial, massage, or illuminating peel, then peruse the bounty of natural and organic salves and serums in the apothecary. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "Your Beauty Guide to Albuquerque," 3 May 2019 The design is a perfect way to bring some greenery into your home in a way that looks and feels more organic than big, bulky planters. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Plants Grow Out of These Sleek Tables, and I’m Oddly into it," 12 Feb. 2019 His cleverness can feel more artifice than organic. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Annoying Genius Who Makes the World Cup Worth Watching," 5 July 2018 Our cotton is certified fair trade by the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation and certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "4 Chic Fashion Brands Doing Things Right, Right Now," 2 July 2018 Check the free Dirty Dozen app for the most important types of produce to buy organic. Health.com, "Is the Nordic Diet Really Healthier Than the Mediterranean Diet? A Nutritionist Weighs In," 6 June 2018 By 2016, 190,000 acres of cultivable land had been certified organic. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "Pesticides helped bring modern farming to India. One tiny state is leading the charge to ban them.," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The agency detected volatile organics in the air, but not at dangerous levels. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Frustrated by months of silence, leaders to hold meeting on Winton Terrace air quality," 12 Dec. 2018 Groundwater does not contain the organics that surface waters do and is less prone to produce TTHMs when chlorinated, according to Knudson. Raquel Baier, azcentral, "Excessive contaminant in water resolved, say Chandler officials," 4 June 2019 Carla Vernon, president of General Mills’ natural and organics business, including the Annie’s brand, said Thursday that the cereal giant understands the potential perils of folding smaller brands into a big company. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Food Executives Look to Better Integrate Smaller Brands," 29 Sep. 2018 Then the scientists sifted through the results to figure out what might be genuine Martian organics. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Life on Mars? Rover’s Latest Discovery Puts It ‘On the Table’," 7 June 2018 Jennifer Eigenbrode, an astrobiologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland who led the organics study, said she's intrigued by the possibility that life might have existed and adapted on Mars. Marcia Dunn, chicagotribune.com, "New Mars discoveries in ancient lakebed advance case for possible life," 7 June 2018 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

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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 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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