1. plural ICs. immediate constituent.

  2. Electronics. integrated circuit.

  1. intensive care.

Words Nearby IC

Other definitions for -ic (2 of 3)


  1. a suffix forming adjectives from other parts of speech, occurring originally in Greek and Latin loanwords (metallic; poetic; archaic; public) and, on this model, used as an adjective-forming suffix with the particular senses “having some characteristics of” (opposed to the simple attributive use of the base noun) (balletic; sophomoric); “in the style of” (Byronic; Miltonic); “pertaining to a family of peoples or languages” (Finnic; Semitic; Turkic).

  2. Chemistry. a suffix, specialized in opposition to -ous, used to show the higher of two valences: ferric chloride.

  1. a noun suffix occurring chiefly in loanwords from Greek, where such words were originally adjectival (critic; magic; music).

Origin of -ic

Middle English -ic, -ik, from Latin -icus; in many words representing the cognate Greek -ikos (directly or through Latin ); in some words replacing -ique, from French, from Latin -icus

Other definitions for I.C. (3 of 3)


  1. Jesus Christ.

Origin of I.C.

<Latin I(ēsus) C(hrīstus)

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use IC in a sentence

  • However, he could play tag with IC in this area for some time with the reasonable possibility that he wouldn't get caught.

    Insidekick | Jesse Franklin Bone
  • It might be well enough to make IC spend valuable time looking for him, but such delaying actions had no positive value.

    Insidekick | Jesse Franklin Bone
  • Anomalist′IC, -al, anomalous: departing from established rules: irregular.

British Dictionary definitions for IC (1 of 3)


abbreviation for
  1. internal-combustion

  2. electronics integrated circuit

  1. text messaging I see

  2. (in transformational grammar) immediate constituent

  3. astrology Imum Coeli: the point on the ecliptic lying directly opposite the Midheaven

British Dictionary definitions for -ic (2 of 3)


suffix forming adjectives
  1. of, relating to, or resembling: allergic; Germanic; periodic See also -ical

  2. (in chemistry) indicating that an element is chemically combined in the higher of two possible valence states: ferric; stannic Compare -ous (def. 2)

Origin of -ic

from Latin -icus or Greek -ikos; -ic also occurs in nouns that represent a substantive use of adjectives (magic) and in nouns borrowed directly from Latin or Greek (critic, music)

British Dictionary definitions for i/c (3 of 3)


abbreviation for
  1. in charge (of)

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