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Meaning of IONIC

Pronunciation:  I'ânik, I'ânik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken in Ionia
  2. [adj]  (architecture) an order of classical Greek architecture
  3. [adj]  containing or involving or occurring in the form of ions; "ionic charge"; "ionic crystals"; "ionic hydrogen"

IONIC is a 5 letter word that starts with I.


 Antonyms: corinthian, doric, nonionic, nonpolar
 See Also: Ancient Greek



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \I*on"ic\, a. [L. Ionicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? Ionia.]
    1. Of or pertaining to Ionia or the Ionians.
    2. (Arch.) 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}.
    {Ionic dialect} (Gr. Gram.), a dialect of the Greek language,
       used in Ionia. The Homeric poems are written in what is
       designated old Ionic, as distinguished from new Ionic, or
       Attic, the dialect of all cultivated Greeks in the period
       of Athenian prosperity and glory.
    {Ionic foot}. (Pros.) See {Ionic}, n., 1.
    {Ionic}, or {Ionian}, {mode} (Mus.), an ancient mode,
       supposed to correspond with the modern major scale of C.
    {Ionic sect}, a sect of philosophers founded by Thales of
       Miletus, in Ionia. Their distinguishing tenet was, that
       water is the original principle of all things.
    {Ionic type}, a kind of heavy-faced type (as that of the
       following line).
    Note: This is Nonpareil Ionic.
  2. \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 case it is called the {smaller
       (b) A verse or meter composed or consisting of Ionic feet.
    2. The Ionic dialect; as, the Homeric Ionic.
    3. (Print.) Ionic type.