Definitions for ionicaɪˈɒn ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

i•onˈaɪ ən, ˈaɪ ɒn(n.)

  1. an atom or atom group electrically charged by the loss or gain of electrons, represented by a plus or a minus sign, as a cation (Na+, Ca++) or anion (Cl).

    Category: Chemistry, Physics

  2. one of the electrically charged particles formed in a gas by electric discharge.

    Category: Chemistry, Physics

Origin of ion:

< Gk ión going, neut. prp. of iénai to go; term introduced by Michael Faraday in 1834



  1. a suffix, appearing in words of Latin origin, denoting action or condition, used to form nouns from stems of adjectives (communion; union) and verbs (legion; opinion; suspicion).

    Category: Affix

    Ref: Compare -tion .

Origin of -ion:

ME -ioun < AF < L -iōnem, acc. of -iō suffix forming nouns


  1. Ionic.

    Category: Geography (places), Peoples

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Attic, Ionic, Ionic dialect, Classical Greek(adj)

    the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken and written in Attica and Athens and Ionia

  2. ionic(adj)

    containing or involving or occurring in the form of ions

    "ionic charge"; "ionic crystals"; "ionic hydrogen"

  3. Ionic(adj)

    of or pertaining to the Ionic order of classical Greek architecture

  4. Ionic(adj)

    of or relating to Ionia or its inhabitants or its language


  1. ionic(Adjective)

    of, relating to, or containing ions

  2. Ionic(Adjective)

    of or relating to Ionians

  3. Ionic(Adjective)

    of an order of classical Greek architecture; the Ionic order

  4. Ionic(ProperNoun)

    A sub-dialect of the Attic-Ionic dialectal group of Ancient Greek consisting of Old Ionic and New Ionic.

  5. Origin: From ιωνικός.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ionic(adj)

    of or pertaining to Ionia or the Ionians

  2. Ionic(adj)

    pertaining to the Ionic order of architecture, one of the three orders invented by the Greeks, and one of the five recognized by the Italian writers of the sixteenth century. Its distinguishing feature is a capital with spiral volutes. See Illust. of Capital

  3. Ionic(adj)

    of or pertaining to an ion; composed of ions

  4. Ionic(noun)

    a foot consisting of four syllables: either two long and two short, -- that is, a spondee and a pyrrhic, in which case it is called the greater Ionic; or two short and two long, -- that is, a pyrrhic and a spondee, in which case it is called the smaller Ionic

  5. Ionic(noun)

    a verse or meter composed or consisting of Ionic feet

  6. Ionic(noun)

    the Ionic dialect; as, the Homeric Ionic

  7. Ionic(noun)

    ionic type


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