Dictionary.com

IC

Save This Word!

plural ICs. immediate constituent.
Electronics. integrated circuit.
intensive care.
QUIZ
SPRINT TO THE FINISH WITH THIS OLYMPICS QUIZ!
Compete in our Olympics quiz to see if you can take home the gold medal in Olympics knowledge.
Question 1 of 10
Where was the Olympics first held?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Other definitions for IC (2 of 3)

-ic

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

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 IC (3 of 3)

I.C.

abbreviation
Jesus Christ.

Origin of I.C.

<Latin I(ēsus) C(hrīstus)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use IC in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for IC (1 of 3)

IC

abbreviation for
internal-combustion
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

British Dictionary definitions for IC (2 of 3)

-ic

suffix forming adjectives
of, relating to, or resemblingallergic; Germanic; periodic See also -ical
(in chemistry) indicating that an element is chemically combined in the higher of two possible valence statesferric; stannic Compare -ous (def. 2)

Word Origin for -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 IC (3 of 3)

i/c

abbreviation for
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

Medical definitions for IC

-ic

suff.
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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK