Definitions

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

  • n. The aspect of military operations that deals with the procurement, distribution, maintenance, and replacement of materiel and personnel.
  • n. The management of the details of an operation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of logistic.
  • n. The process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services and related information from their point of origin to point of consumption for the purpose of satisfying customer requirements.
  • n. The procurement, supply, maintenance, and transportation of equipment, facilities, and personnel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That branch of the military art which embraces the details of moving and supplying armies. The meaning of the word is by some writers extended to include strategy.
  • n. The planning and coordination of the movement of materials, and other details of any large activity, such as a business or a political campaign.
  • n. A system of arithmetic, in which numbers are expressed in a scale of 60; logistic arithmetic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as logistic, especially in sense .
  • n. That branch of military science which relates to the movement and supplying of armies, and all arrangements necessary for and matters connected with the carrying on of campaigns, including the study of present or possible fields of war in their topographical and other relations; according to some, the science of strategy and arms in general.

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

  • n. handling an operation that involves providing labor and materials be supplied as needed

Etymologies

French logistiques, from logistique, logic (perhaps influenced by loger, to quarter), from Medieval Latin logisticus, of calculation; see logistic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek λογιστικός (logistikos, "practical arithmetic", "rational"), from λόγος (logos) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He taught at Belgium's military academy, so he may have picked up the term logistics, which military folks had just recently started to use in the modern sense, referring to how one goes about provisioning armed forces with food and other necessary materiel.

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  • On the left over here, you see what we call the logistics team, including Reggie Love, he's the personal aide to the president.

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  • This is -- on the left over here, you see what we call the logistics team, including Reggie Love.

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  • We went to the scene of this Israeli attack, the most daring operation of the war so fair -- far, when they drove 70 miles into Lebanon to strike what they call a logistics base.

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  • A week or more before the party consider what I call logistics: parking, pets, kids, and neighbors.

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  • What's up are oil and gasoline stock at storage facilities... but that's short term logistics events.

  • Disaster relief logistics is a classic “intractable problem”, by the way.

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  • They'll have to deal with the fact that transport and logistics is not always as good as they could be even though they have been improving.

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  • I work in logistics for a major media retailer, and we noticed a few weeks ago that we're starting to ship LP's again.

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  • In contracting Redwood Systems, it can count on complete supply-and-demand-chain logistics management services, including dedicated contract warehousing.

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