- plural ICs. immediate constituent.
- Electronics. integrated circuit.
- intensive care.
- Jesus Christ.
Origin of I.C.
- 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).
- Chemistry. a suffix, specialized in opposition to -ous, used to show the higher of two valences: ferric chloride.
- a noun suffix occurring chiefly in loanwords from Greek, where such words were originally adjectival (critic; magic; music).
Origin of -ic
Examples from the Web for ic
The Republican National Committee has called the project out as a “Democrat[ic] front group.”This Is How Eva Longoria Is Trying to Win the Midterms
October 1, 2014
Collectively, these 16 agencies are called the “IC”—intelligence community.Too Big to Succeed
January 7, 2010
One lot always end in 'ic,' and the other in 'ia,' and it is so confusing.Hunter's Marjory
Margaret Bruce Clarke
The pronoun of the first person is often ic 245, 385; vr pl.
(which, conclusively, he did not say: the at 'em-ic theory is to be dismissed).
It would be suicide to stay in the hands of the IC any longer.
The native couldn't possibly have reached him in the safety of IC's jail.
- electronics integrated circuit
- text messaging I see
- (in transformational grammar) immediate constituent
- astrology Imum Coeli: the point on the ecliptic lying directly opposite the Midheaven
Word Origin and History for ic
adjective suffix, "having to do with, having the nature of, being, made of, caused by, similar to" (in chemistry, indicating a higher valence than names in -ous), from French -ique and directly from Latin -icus, which in many cases represents Greek -ikos "in the manner of; pertaining to." From PIE *-(i)ko, which also yielded Slavic -isku, adjectival suffix indicating origin, the source of the -sky (Russian -skii) in many surnames.
- Of, relating to, or characterized by:carbonic.
- Having a valence higher than that of a specified element in compounds or ions named with adjectives ending in -ous:ferric.
- Of or relating to an acid:sulfuric acid.