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[loh-jis-tiks, luh-] /loʊˈdʒɪs tɪks, lə-/
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.
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-] /loʊˈdʒɪs tɪk, lə-/
noun, Sometimes, logistics
symbolic logic.
Archaic. mathematical calculation.
of or pertaining to 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 Unabridged
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  • The logistics of moving alternative fuel into the skies may actually be simpler than the challenge of getting it on the highways.
  • The cost and logistics of shipping, receiving and distributing bulk water are formidable.
  • logistics and details for the safe transport of the panda are being finalized.
British Dictionary definitions for logistics


noun (functioning as singular or pl)
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 Forms
logistician (ˌlɒdʒɪˈstɪʃən) noun
Word Origin
C19: from French logistique, from loger to lodge


an uninterpreted calculus or system of symbolic logic Compare formal language
(maths) (of a curve) having an equation of the form y = k/(1 + ea+bx), where b is less than zero
(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
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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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