Definitions for organicɔrˈgæn ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•gan•icɔrˈgæn ɪk(adj.)

  1. noting or pertaining to a class of chemical compounds that formerly comprised only those existing in or derived from plants or animals, but that now includes all other compounds of carbon.

    Category: Chemistry

    Ref: Compare inorganic (def. 3). 3

  2. pertaining to, characteristic of, or derived from living organisms.

  3. of, pertaining to, or involving animals, produce, etc., raised or grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or drugs:

    organic farming; organic chicken.

    Category: Agriculture, Nutrition

  4. of or pertaining to an organ or the organs of an animal, plant, or fungus.

    Category: Zoology

  5. of, pertaining to, or affecting living tissue.

  6. caused by physical change or impairment: organic disorder.

    Category: Psychology, Pathology

    Ref: Compare functional (def. 5). 5

  7. characterized by the systematic arrangement of parts; organized; systematic.

  8. of or pertaining to the basic constitution or structure of a thing; constitutional; inherent; fundamental.

  9. developing in the manner of living organisms:

    a view of history as organic.

  10. Law. pertaining to the laws organizing the government of a state.

    Category: Law

  11. (n.)a substance, as a fertilizer or pesticide, of animal or vegetable origin.

    Category: Agriculture, Pesticides

Origin of organic:

1350–1400; < L organicus by or employing a mechanical device, instrumental < Gk organikós


Princeton's WordNet

  1. organic, organic fertilizer, organic fertiliser(adj)

    a fertilizer that is derived from animal or vegetable matter

  2. organic(adj)

    relating or belonging to the class of chemical compounds having a carbon basis

    "hydrocarbons are organic compounds"

  3. organic(adj)

    being or relating to or derived from or having properties characteristic of living organisms

    "organic life"; "organic growth"; "organic remains found in rock"

  4. organic(adj)

    involving or affecting physiology or bodily organs

    "an organic disease"

  5. organic(adj)

    of or relating to foodstuff grown or raised without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides or hormones

    "organic eggs"; "organic vegetables"; "organic chicken"

  6. organic(adj)

    simple and healthful and close to nature

    "an organic lifestyle"

  7. constituent(a), constitutional, constitutive(a), organic(adj)

    constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. organic(adjective)ɔrˈgæn ɪk

    (of farm animals, crops, etc.) produced or raised without using chemicals

    organic fruit and vegetables

  2. organicɔrˈgæn ɪk

    coming from living things

    organic matter

  3. organicɔrˈgæn ɪk

    happening in a natural way

    The development of the program has been organic.


  1. organic(Noun)

    An organic compound

  2. organic(Adjective)

    pertaining to or derived from living organisms.

  3. organic(Adjective)

    pertaining to an organ of the body of a living organism.

  4. organic(Adjective)

    relating to the compounds of carbon, relating to natural products

  5. organic(Adjective)

    of food or food products, grown in an environment free from artificial agrichemicals, and possibly certified by a regulatory body.

  6. organic(Adjective)

    describing a form of social solidarity theorized by Emile Durkheim that is characterized by voluntary engagements in complex interdepencies for mutual benefit (such as business agreements), rather than mechanical solidarity, which depends on ascribed relations between people (as in a family or tribe).

  7. organic(Adjective)

    Of a military unit or formation, or its elements, belonging to a permanent organization (in contrast to being temporarily attached).

  8. organic(Adjective)

    Generated according to the ranking algorithms of a search engine, as opposed to paid placement by advertisers.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. organic

    Assigned to and forming an essential part of a military organization. Organic parts of a unit are those listed in its table of organization for the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps, and are assigned to the administrative organizations of the operating forces for the Navy.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'organic' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4232

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'organic' in Adjectives Frequency: #575

Translations for organic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of or concerning the organs of the body

organic diseases.

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