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greater Ionic

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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 composite ( def 3 ), Corinthian ( def 2 ), Doric ( def 3 ), Tuscan ( def 2 ). See illus. under order, volute.
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 pertaining 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.

1555–65; < Latin Iōnicus < Greek Iōnikós of Ionia; see -ic

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ionic (aɪˈɒnɪk)
of, relating to, or occurring in the form of ions

Ionic (aɪˈɒnɪk)
1.  Doric composite Tuscan See also Corinthian of, denoting, or relating to one of the five classical orders of architecture, characterized by fluted columns and capitals with scroll-like ornaments
2.  of or relating to Ionia, its inhabitants, or their dialect of Ancient Greek
3.  prosody of, relating to, designating, or employing Ionics in verse
4.  Aeolic Arcadic Compare Doric See also Attic one of four chief dialects of Ancient Greek; the dialect spoken in Ionia
5.  (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)

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ionic i·on·ic (ī-ŏn'ĭk)
Of, containing, or involving an ion or ions.

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Ionic [(eye-on-ik)]

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.

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