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From Ancient Greek νομαδικός (nomadikós), equivalent to nomad (a member of a society or class of herdsmen) + -ic (forming adjectives).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /nəʊˈmæd.ɪk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ædɪk


nomadic (comparative more nomadic, superlative most nomadic)

  1. Of or relating to nomads.
    1. (anthropology) Of or related to itinerant herdsmen.
    2. (figurative) Of or related to any habitually wandering person or animal.
      • 2013 January 1, Paul Bartel, Ashli Moore, “Avian Migration: The Ultimate Red-Eye Flight”, in American Scientist[1], volume 101, number 1, archived from the original on 5 March 2016, pages 47–48:
        Many of these classic methods are still used, with some modern improvements. For example, with the aid of special microphones and automated sound detection software, ornithologists recently reported […] that pine siskins (Spinus pinus) undergo an irregular, nomadic type of nocturnal migration.
      • 2022 September 7, Tom Allett, “At the cutting edge of NR's track work”, in RAIL, number 965, page 40:
        Neither vehicle has a set home base. Young explains: "They are 'nomadic' nationally employed assets that, rather than having a regular home depot, are generally deployed and maintained following a programme of works across the full network.


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