See under (def 2).
[ahy-on-ik] /aɪˈɒn ɪk/
Architecture. noting or pertaining to one of the five classical orders that in ancient Greece consisted of a fluted column with a molded base and a capital composed of four volutes, usually parallel to the architrave with a pulvinus connecting a pair on each side of the column, and an entablature typically consisting of an architrave of three fascias, a richly ornamented frieze, and a cornice corbeled out on egg-and-dart and dentil moldings, with the frieze sometimes omitted. Roman and Renaissance examples are often more elaborate, and usually set the volutes of the capitals at 45° to the architrave.
Compare (def 3), (def 2), (def 3), (def 2).
Prosody. noting or employing a foot consisting either of two long followed by two short syllables (greater Ionic) or of two short followed by two long syllables (lesser Ionic)
noting or pertaining to that variety of the eastern branch of the early Greek alphabet that was used for the writing of the Ionic dialect and that became the variety used for all dialects of Greek from the 4th century b.c. to the present.
of or relating to Ionia or the Ionians.
Prosody. an Ionic foot, verse, or meter.
the dialect of ancient Greek spoken in Euboea, the Cyclades, and on the mainland of Asia Minor at Miletus and elsewhere.
Trademark. a style of printing type.
of, relating to, or occurring in the form of ions
of, denoting, or relating to one of the five classical orders of architecture, characterized by fluted columns and capitals with scroll-like ornaments See also Doric, composite (sense 4), Tuscan, Corinthian
of or relating to Ionia, its inhabitants, or their dialect of Ancient Greek
(prosody) of, relating to, designating, or employing Ionics in verse
one of four chief dialects of Ancient Greek; the dialect spoken in Ionia Compare Aeolic, Arcadic, Doric See also Attic (sense 3)
(in classical prosody) a type of metrical foot having either two long followed by two short syllables (greater Ionic), or two short followed by two long syllables (lesser Ionic)
“pertaining to Ionia,” 1570s of music; 1580s of architecture, from Latin Ionicus, from Greek Ionikos (see Ionian).
“pertaining to ions,” 1890, from ion + -ic.
ionic i·on·ic (ī-ŏn’ĭk)
Of, containing, or involving an ion or ions.
One of the three main styles of Greek architecture (the others are Corinthian and Doric). The Ionic column is slender and finely fluted; its capital is in the shape of a scroll.
adjective not as well-known as others of the same kind
- Lesser occipital nerve
lesser occipital nerve n. A nerve that arises from the second and third cervical nerves and supplies skin of the auricle of the ear and adjacent portion of scalp.
- Lesser of two evils
The somewhat less unpleasant of two poor choices. For example, I’d rather stay home and miss the picnic altogether than run into those nasty people—it’s the lesser of two evils. This expression was already a proverb in ancient Greek and appeared in English by the late 1300s. Chaucer used it in Troilus and Cressida.
noun, Anatomy. 1. an omentum attached to the stomach, part of the duodenum, and part of the liver and supporting the hepatic vessels. lesser omentum n. A peritoneal fold passing from the margins of the portal fissure to the lesser curvature of the stomach and to the upper border of the duodenum. Also called omentulum.