[ loh-jis-tiks, luh- ]
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noun(used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. 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.

  2. the planning, implementation, and coordination of the details of a business or other operation.

Origin of logistics

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

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/ (lɒˈdʒɪstɪks) /

noun(functioning as singular or plural)
  1. the science of the movement, supplying, and maintenance of military forces in the field

  2. the management of materials flow through an organization, from raw materials through to finished goods

  1. the detailed planning and organization of any large complex operation

Origin of logistics

C19: from French logistique, from loger to lodge

Derived forms of logistics

  • logistician (ˌlɒdʒɪˈstɪʃən), noun

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