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See also: logístics


Etymology 1[edit]

From French logistique, coined or popularized 1830 by Antoine-Henri Jomini from logis (lodging place),[1] in phrases maréchal des logis (marshall of lodging) (see maréchal des logis), major-général des logis (major-general of lodging).[2][3] Possibly influenced by existing mathematical term logistique, of Ancient Greek origin; see logistic.


  • IPA(key): /ləˈd͡ʒɪstɪks/
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logistics (uncountable)

  1. (operations) The process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services and related information from their point of origin to point of consumption for the purpose of satisfying customer requirements.
  2. (military) The procurement, supply, maintenance, and transportation of equipment, facilities, and personnel.
    Synonym: supply line
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Etymology 2[edit]



  1. plural of logistic


  1. ^ logistics”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.
  2. ^ Tableau Analytique des principales combinaisons De La Guerre, Et De Leurs Rapports Avec La Politique Des États: Pour Servir D'Introduction Au Traité Des Grandes Opérations Militaires, Baron de Jomini, 1830, p. 74: “Autrefois les officiers de l’état-major se nommaient: maréchal des logis, major-général des logis; de là est venu le terme de logistique, qu’on emploie pour désigner ce qui se rapporte aux marches d’une armée.” “Formerly the officers of the general staff were named: marshall of lodgings, major-general of lodgings; from there came the term of logistics [logistique], which we employ to designate those who are in charge of the functionings/movements of an army.”
  3. ^ The term is credited to Jomini, and the term and its etymology criticized by fr:Georges de Chambray in 1832, writing: “Logistique: Ce mot me paraît être tout-à-fait nouveau, car je ne l'avais encore vu nulle part dans la littérature militaire. … il paraît le faire dériver du mot logis, étymologie singulière … ” “Logistic: This word appears to me to be completely new, as I have not yet see it anywhere in military literature. … he appears to derive it from the word lodgings [logis], a peculiar etymology … ” Chambray also notes that the term logistique was present in the Dictionnaire de l'Académie française with only a single meaning, as a synonym for algebra. “Observation sur Le Tableau Analytique des principales combinaisons De La Guerre, Et De Leurs Rapports Avec La Politique Des États: Pour Servir D’Introduction Au Traité Des Grandes Opérations Militaires par le général Jomini.”, fr:Georges de Chambray, Le Spectateur militaire: Recueil de science, d’art et d’histoire militaires, 1832, Volume 13, p. 19