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logistics

[loh-jis-tiks, luh-] /loʊˈdʒɪs tɪks, lə-/
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
1875-1880
1875-80; < French logistique quartermaster's work, equivalent to log(er) to lodge, be quartered (said of troops) + -istique -istic; see -ics

logistic2

[loh-jis-tik, luh-] /loʊˈdʒɪs tɪk, lə-/
noun, Sometimes, logistics
1.
symbolic logic.
2.
Archaic. mathematical calculation.
adjective
3.
of or relating to logistic.
Origin
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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  • Hence, the commander formulates these, also, and includes them in his list of operations for later assignment as logistics tasks.

    Sound Military Decision U.s. Naval War College
  • We had everything to learn, both North and South, in the matter of logistics.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • In logistics, even as commander of the Army of the Potomac, he deserves high praise.

  • Through it funneled the problems involved in the logistics of the thing.

    Revolution Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Other specialized plans (training, intelligence, logistics, etc.) may be needed.

    Sound Military Decision U.s. Naval War College
British Dictionary definitions for logistics

logistics

/lɒˈdʒɪstɪks/
noun (functioning as singular or pl)
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
3.
the detailed planning and organization of any large complex operation
Derived Forms
logistician (ˌlɒdʒɪˈstɪʃən) noun
Word Origin
C19: from French logistique, from loger to lodge

logistic1

/lɒˈdʒɪstɪk/
noun
1.
an uninterpreted calculus or system of symbolic logic Compare formal language
adjective
2.
(maths) (of a curve) having an equation of the form y = k/(1 + ea+bx), where b is less than zero
3.
(rare) of, relating to, or skilled in arithmetical calculations
Word Origin
C17: via French, from Late Latin logisticus of calculation, from Greek logistikos rational, from logos word, reason

logistic2

/lɒˈdʒɪstɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to logistics
Derived Forms
logistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for logistics
n.

"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.

logistic

adj.

"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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