Ionic "pertaining to Ionia," 1570s of music; 1580s of architecture, from L. Ionicus, from Gk. Ionikos (see IONIAN (Cf. Ionian)).

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  • Ionic — or Ionian may refer to:In science: * Ion, in physics and chemistry, an atom or group of atoms with a net electric charge ** Ionic bond, a type of chemical bond involving ions ** Ionic compound, a chemical compound in which ions are held together… …   Wikipedia

  • Ionic — I*on ic, a. [L. Ionicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? Ionia.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to Ionia or the Ionians. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) Pertaining to the Ionic order of architecture, one of the three orders invented by the Greeks, and one of the five …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ionic — I*on ic, n. 1. (Pros.) (a) 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ionic — i*on ic a. (Chem.) Of or pertaining to ions; composed of ions, containing ions, or breaking down into ions when dissolved in a polar solvent; as, an ionic solution will conduct a current of electricity. Opposite of {nonionic}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ionic — /uy on ik/, adj. 1. Archit. noting or pertaining to one of the five classical orders that in ancient Greece consisted of a fluted column with a molded base and a capital composed of four volutes, usually parallel to the architrave with a pulvinus …   Universalium

  • Ionic — 1. adjective a) of or related to Ionians b) of an order of classical Greek architecture; the Ionic order 2. noun A sub dialect of the Attic Ionic dialectal group of …   Wiktionary

  • ionic — adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1890 1. of, relating to, existing as, or characterized by ions < ionic gases > < the ionic charge > 2. based on or functioning by means of ions < ionic conduction > • ionicity noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ionic — Relating to an ion. * * * ion·ic ī än ik adj 1) of, relating to, existing as, or characterized by ions <ionic gases> <the ionic charge> 2) based on or functioning by means of ions <ionic conduction> ion·i·cal·ly i k(ə )lē adv …   Medical dictionary

  • Ionic — adj. Ionic is used with these nouns: ↑column …   Collocations dictionary

  • Ionic — I. adjective Etymology: Latin & Middle French; Middle French ionique, from Latin ionicus, from Greek iōnikos, from Iōnia Ionia Date: 1585 1. of or relating to the ancient Greek architectural order distinguished especially by fluted columns on… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ionic — /uy on ik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to ions. 2. pertaining to or occurring in the form of ions. [1885 90; ION + IC] * * * …   Universalium

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