from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, containing, or involving ions.

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  • adj. of, relating to, or containing ions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Ionia or the Ionians.
  • 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.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to ions; composed of ions, containing ions, or breaking down into ions when dissolved in a polar solvent. Opposite of nonionic.
  • n.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A verse or meter composed or consisting of Ionic feet.
  • n. The Ionic dialect.
  • n. Ionic type.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining, or relating to the Iones or Ionians as a race, or to one of the regions named from them, Ionia or the Ionian Islands: as, the Ionic dialect or school; the Ionic order.
  • In ancient prosody, constituting a foot of two long syllables followed by two shorts, or vice versa; pertaining to or consisting of such feet: as, an Ionic foot, colon, verse, or system; Ionic rhythm.
  • n. In prosody: An Ionic foot.
  • n. An Ionic verse or meter.
  • In physical chemistry, of or pertaining to an ion or the ions which carry an electric current in electrolysis: see Arrhenius's theory of electrolytic or ionic dissociation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to Ionia or its inhabitants or its language
  • n. the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken and written in Attica and Athens and Ionia
  • adj. of or pertaining to the Ionic order of classical Greek architecture
  • adj. containing or involving or occurring in the form of ions


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ion +‎ -ic


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  • Consideration of the most common of those variations, the spondaic (two stressed) and the pyrrhic (two unstressed), which are often found together forming what some have called the ionic foot, completes the chapter walking us into consideration of the line.


  • As this bond occurs between electrically charged atoms, so-called ions, this bond type has often been called the ionic bond.

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  • The Southern ones, the so-called ionic clays from which the higher atomic numbered rare earths, europium, dysprosium, and terbium are produced, can run so that they have a 30% gross margin. Home Page

  • The researchers used organic chemicals called ionic liquids to pull the CO2 from the air and use it, copying how a plant captures and uses CO2 during photosynthesis. Green Business News

  • So, KDKA Consumer Editor Yvonne Zanos put one of the most popular pet products, so-called ionic pet brushes, to the test to find out if see if they really work.

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  • Vague sciencey words like 'ionic' are mixed with proper science terms like 'gauss' and touchy feely New Age terms like 'yin and yang' as in the advert above.

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  • He was able to calculate the size of the energy barrier, using simple quantities such as ionic radii and ionic charges.

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  • Boston Mayor Thomas Menino might need to brush up on his city's sports history before he publicly saluting any more of its "ionic" moments.

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  • Boston Mayor Tom Menino recently delivered one of the most atrocious speeches in the history of oration when, during a dedication to hockey great Bobby Orr, he not only referred to Boston sports greats as "ionic" instead of "iconic" but also followed it up by reminiscing:

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