Definitions of organic

  1. a fertilizer that is derived from animal or vegetable matter
  2. ( pathology) involving or affecting physiology or bodily organs; " an organic disease"
  3. being or relating to or derived from or having properties characteristic of living organisms; " organic life"; " organic growth"; " organic remains found in rock"
  4. involving or affecting physiology or bodily organs; " an organic disease"
  5. simple and healthful and close to nature; " an organic lifestyle"
  6. relating or belonging to the class of chemical compounds having a carbon basis; " hydrocarbons are organic compounds"
  7. of or relating to foodstuff grown or raised without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides or hormones; " organic eggs"; " organic vegetables"; " organic chicken"
  8. of or relating to or derived from living organisms; " organic soil"
  9. Of or pertaining to an organ or its functions, or to objects composed of organs; consisting of organs, or containing them; as, the organic structure of animals and plants; exhibiting characters peculiar to living organisms; as, organic bodies, organic life, organic remains. Cf. Inorganic.
  10. Produced by the organs; as, organic pleasure.
  11. Instrumental; acting as instruments of nature or of art to a certain destined function or end.
  12. Forming a whole composed of organs. Hence: Of or pertaining to a system of organs; inherent in, or resulting from, a certain organization; as, an organic government; his love of truth was not inculcated, but organic.
  13. Pertaining to, or denoting, any one of the large series of substances which, in nature or origin, are connected with vital processes, and include many substances of artificial production which may or may not occur in animals or plants; -- contrasted with inorganic.
  14. Pertaining to, or affecting, some organ of the body; as, an organic disease; pertaining to, or derived from, anything that has life in itself; as, fossils are remains of organic bodies; inherent.
  15. Organically.
  16. Containing, or pertaining to, organs; derived from animals or vegetables; pertaining to construction.
  17. Pertaining to organs or living organisms, as animals and plants.
  18. Organized; systematized. organical.
  19. Pertaining to an organ or organs; consisting of or containing organs; pertaining to what has organs, or functional parts; instrumental. Organic bodies, such as possess organs with separate functions. Organic disease, a disease in which the structure of some organ of the body is in a morbid state. Organic remains, the remains of animals or vegetables petrified.
  20. Relating to living organs; produced by living organs.
  21. Derived from, or showing the peculiarities of a living organism.

Usage examples for organic

  1. If this is so, is it not a sign of organic weakness? – Best Russian Short Stories by Various
  2. Dewey's view appears to be that organic relations are achieved whenever an object is made a part of experience and so brought into connection with other experienced facts. – John Dewey's logical theory by Delton Thomas Howard
  3. I see it as an organic phenomenon. – New Apples in the Garden by Kris Ottman Neville
  4. The organic principle of Communism in industry and domestic life, is seen in the common roof, the common table, and the daily meetings of all the members. – History of American Socialisms by John Humphrey Noyes
  5. There is no organic connexion between the powerful narrative of the Plague opening Boccaccio's book, and the stories chiefly of love and its adventures which follow; all that Boccaccio did was to preface an interesting series of tales by a more interesting chapter of history, and then to bind the tales themselves together lightly and naturally in days, like rows of pearls in a collar. – Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward
  6. It is not the man who does right after a long internal struggle that is most moral, but the one with whom doing right is the most imperative of organic necessities. – Determinism or Free-Will? by Chapman Cohen
  7. The prison physician at the time noted that patient showed symptoms of organic brain disease. – Studies in Forensic Psychiatry by Bernard Glueck
  8. But it is just the same with organic development. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
  9. Art is an organic growth, and cannot be created by authority. – Wagner's Tristan und Isolde by George Ainslie Hight
  10. And, on the other hand, though the whole of the past goes into the making of the living being's present moment, does not organic memory press it into the moment immediately before the present, so that the moment immediately before becomes the sole cause of the present one? – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  11. The plowing under of any other organic substance has the same effect. – Dry-Farming by John A. Widtsoe
  12. While just confidence is felt in the judiciary of the States, yet this Government ought to be competent in itself for the fulfillment of the high duties which have been devolved upon it under the organic law by the States themselves. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  13. What has been taken over can never become organic, only what comes from personal experience is a real gain. – Ã‰mile Verhaeren by Stefan Zweig
  14. Magistrates and judges, appointed by the crown, may not be removed, suspended, or transferred, save under circumstances minutely stipulated in the organic judicial laws. – The Governments of Europe by Frederic Austin Ogg
  15. " Whether the particular shape which the doctrine of evolution, as applied to the organic world, took in Darwin's hands, would prove to be final or not, was, to me, a matter of indifference. – Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work by P. Chalmers Mitchell
  16. Organic matters, in passing into peat, lose carbon and nitrogen; but they lose oxygen more rapidly than the other two elements, and hence the latter become relatively more abundant. – Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel by Samuel William Johnson
  17. Without organic disease, he told himself, his darling could not perish. – Charlotte's Inheritance by M. E. Braddon
  18. But after all organic centers have been found in excellent condition several things yet remain to be tested. – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White