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 Incorporating his innovative use of aldehydes, which are organic compounds where a carbon atom shares a double bond with an oxygen atom, a single bond with a hydrogen atom, and a single bond with another atom to form the carbonyl group. Allyson Portee, Forbes, "Withstanding The Test Of Time, Chanel N°5 Turns 100," 16 Apr. 2021 Implementing a carbon tax would also prompt reductions of at least 20% in other air pollutants, such as nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, and volatile organic compounds, by 2035, the report finds. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: What to watch for during Biden’s big climate week," 16 Apr. 2021 That's because anything with a scent contains VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. Barbara Brody, Better Homes & Gardens, "10 Everyday Mistakes You're Making That Could Be Hurting Your Home's Air Quality," 15 Apr. 2021 These can include fine particulate matter (also known as PM2.5), carbon monoxide, ozone, radon, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), biological contaminants (pet dander or dust mites, for example), and more. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "Five ways to improve the quality of the air in your home," 11 Apr. 2021 Instead, oil and gas operators would only be required to curb emissions of related pollutants called volatile organic compounds. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Shell endorses Democrats' move to cancel Trump rollback of methane regulations," 7 Apr. 2021 With volatile organic compounds, such as formaldehyde, benzene and gasoline found in upholstered furniture, aerosol sprays and air fresheners break down at room temperature and give off gassy odors. Jeffrey Harper, chicagotribune.com, "Which air purifier should I get?," 26 Mar. 2021 Psychology Today reported in March that new research suggests that seizure-predicting dogs are aided by the scent of volatile organic compounds that are excreted around seizures. NBC News, "Video captures moment hero dog stopped traffic during owner's seizure," 25 Mar. 2021 There’s the flagship Cotton Napper, made of 100% organic cotton and in a spectrum of tasteful colors. CNN Underscored, "Forget the flowers — Mom’s earned a relaxing Mother’s Day gift this year," 30 Mar. 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, "Russia Beat the World to a Vaccine, so Why Is It Falling Behind on Vaccinations?," 12 Apr. 2021 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

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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 6 May. 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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