Dictionary.com

ICS

Save This Word!

International College of Surgeons.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Other definitions for ICS (2 of 2)

-ics

a suffix of nouns that denote a body of facts, knowledge, principles, etc., usually corresponding to adjectives ending in -ic or -ical: ethics; physics; politics; tactics.

Origin of -ics

Plural of -ic, representing Latin -ica (<Greek -ika, neuter plural of -ikos), as in rhētórica (plural) rhetoric book

grammar notes for -ics

Nouns ending in -ics that name fields of study, sciences, arts, professions, or the like are usually not preceded by an article and are used with a singular verb: Acoustics (the science) deals with sound. Politics (the art of government) fascinates me. In certain uses, often when preceded by a determiner like the, his, her, or their, most of these nouns can take a plural verb: The acoustics (the sound-reflecting qualities) of the hall are splendid. Their politics (political opinions) have antagonized everyone.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use ICS in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ICS (1 of 2)

ICS

abbreviation for
Indian Civil Service

British Dictionary definitions for ICS (2 of 2)

-ics

suffix forming nouns (functioning as singular)
indicating a science, art, or matters relating to a particular subjectaeronautics; politics
indicating certain activities or practicesacrobatics

Word Origin for -ics

plural of -ic, representing Latin -ica, from Greek -ika, as in mathēmatika mathematics
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK