[loh-jis-tiks, luh-]

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.

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


[loh-jis-tik, luh-]

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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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 Formslogistician (ˌlɒdʒɪˈstɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for logistics

C19: from French logistique, from loger to lodge




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





of or relating to logistics
Derived Formslogistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for logistics

"art of moving, quartering, and supplying troops," 1879, from French (l'art) logistique "(art) of quartering troops," from Middle French logis "lodging," from Old French logeiz "shelter for an army, encampment," from loge (see lodge (n.)) + Greek-derived suffix -istique (see -istic). The form in French was influenced by logistique. Related: Logistical.



"pertaining to logic," 1620s, from Medieval Latin logisticus, from Greek logistikos "endued with reason," from logikos (see logic). Related: Logistical (1560s); logistically. Logistics from this word, in the sense "art of arithmetical calculation" is from 1650s.

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