[ loh-jis-tiks, luh- ]
/ loʊˈdʒɪs tɪks, lə- /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

the branch of military science and operations dealing with the procurement, supply, and maintenance of equipment, with the movement, evacuation, and hospitalization of personnel, with the provision of facilities and services, and with related matters.
the planning, implementation, and coordination of the details of a business or other operation.

Words nearby logistics

Origin of logistics

1875–80; < French logistique quartermaster's work, equivalent to log(er) to lodge, be quartered (said of troops) + -istique -istic; see -ics

Definition for logistics (2 of 2)

[ loh-jis-tik, luh- ]
/ loʊˈdʒɪs tɪk, lə- /

noun Sometimes logistics.

symbolic logic.
Archaic. mathematical calculation.


of or relating to logistic.

Origin of logistic

1620–30; < French logistique < Late Latin logisticus of computation < Greek logistikós skilled in calculation, rational, equivalent to logist(ḗs) calculator, reasoner (*logid-, base of logízein to reckon, verbal derivative of lógos word (see logos) + -tēs agent suffix, with dt > st) + -ikos -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for logistics (1 of 3)

/ (lɒˈdʒɪstɪks) /

noun (functioning as singular or plural)

the science of the movement, supplying, and maintenance of military forces in the field
the management of materials flow through an organization, from raw materials through to finished goods
the detailed planning and organization of any large complex operation

Derived forms of logistics

logistician (ˌlɒdʒɪˈstɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for logistics

C19: from French logistique, from loger to lodge

British Dictionary definitions for logistics (2 of 3)

/ (lɒˈdʒɪstɪk) /


an uninterpreted calculus or system of symbolic logicCompare formal language


maths (of a curve) having an equation of the form y = k /(1 + e a + bx), where b is less than zero
rare of, relating to, or skilled in arithmetical calculations

Word Origin for logistic

C17: via French, from Late Latin logisticus of calculation, from Greek logistikos rational, from logos word, reason

British Dictionary definitions for logistics (3 of 3)



/ (lɒˈdʒɪstɪk) /


of or relating to logistics

Derived forms of logistic

logistically, adverb
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