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 The result: At the University of Florida Research Station in Belle Glade, a concrete marker driven through the organic soil down to the limestone substrate shows the ground has sunk 6 feet since 1924. Allen G. Breed, sun-sentinel.com, "To save the Everglades, guardians fight time — and climate," 3 Dec. 2019 The class was held on a manicured lawn shaded with pepper trees and carved into yawning fields of organic grapes. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "How Hipcamp Became the Airbnb of the Outdoors," 2 Dec. 2019 Artifacts recovered from the site are almost exclusively lithic (stone), as organic material tends not to preserve from this great age and pottery had not yet been invented in this part of the world. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 2 Dec. 2019 In addition, customers can buy products from IMAGE Skincare, Dermalogica and organic skincare line Farmhouse Fresh to help with dry or oily skin and acne. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Avenue of Fashion has new, unique offerings for Small Business Saturday," 30 Nov. 2019 Meet Santa Claus, hear holiday music, make crafts, take a sleigh hayride, sip organic egg nog, drink hot chocolate, try the festive menu at the Jingle Bell Cafe and more. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 27 December festivals, events around Indianapolis to keep you busy," 29 Nov. 2019 Quick and easy to make, the breakfast cup contains collagen combined with gluten-free oats, quinoa, flax and chia, which is certified gluten-free + contains organic ingredients. Jean Chen Smith, Cincinnati.com, "2019/2020 winter running guide: How to stay warm, safe and healthy," 29 Nov. 2019 Some approaches to prevention and damage mitigation are much more organic. The Christian Science Monitor, "novel view of the Sixth Commandment," 27 Nov. 2019 Wright said she's met many other survivors through the network and her own organic chain of relationships, including a mother who lost her 17-year-old son in the Parkland shooting. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "'The loneliest club': For survivors caught in endless loop of mass shootings, time doesn't always heal," 27 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 These bacteria adjust to various environmental factors, like light intensity, temperature, and the surrounding organics and nutrients. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Bacteria Could Transform Human Feces and Wastewater Into Energy," 13 Nov. 2018 The complexity of the organic compounds identified was beyond our wildest expectations -- non-soluble complex organics floating as a film on an alien ocean. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Organic compounds have been found on Saturn's moon Enceladus," 2 Oct. 2019 Crida and his colleagues also note that, during the grand finale, Cassini spotted organics in Saturn’s upper atmosphere as well as solid grains in the gap between the gas giant and its innermost ring. Mike Wall, Scientific American, "Saturn’s Rings May Be Ancient After All," 17 Sep. 2019 The Cassini spacecraft, which orbited Saturn from 2004 to 2017, making 126 close flybys of Titan, was able to spot organics on the surface but could not determine exactly what compounds were present. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "Dragonfly Spacecraft to Scour the Sands of Titan for the Chemistry of Life," 6 May 2012 Trumbo, in particular, would like to search for any organics that might have spilled onto the surface along with the salt. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Water on Europa—with a Pinch of Salt," 12 June 2019 And Reno’s neighborhoods are reinventing themselves into a celebration of everything local, from organics to art. Erin E. Williams, Twin Cities, "Stunning vistas, modern museums, quirky shops make Reno a favorite for tourists," 22 June 2019 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

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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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Cite this Entry

“Organic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/organic?show=0&t=1396641677. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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