Definition of organically in US English:



  • 1From or in connection with living matter.

    ‘organically enriched soil’
    • ‘In a certain sense, human beings are just organically expressed microcode.’
    • ‘In an organically rich layer in the eastern Mediterranean, they found that bacteria had formed magnetic material.’
    • ‘The second experiment tested whether males responded to water-soluble or organically soluble pheromones on female lines.’
    • ‘If it is desired to ensure that no organically bonded chlorine is detectable in the reaction product, a reaction time of about 8 to 10 hours is recommended.’
    • ‘The remains of those creatures left minute freckles of organically produced carbon, which crystallized into graphite.’
    • ‘Large ciliates are common in freshwater environments, in particular those that have been organically enriched (such as by sewage).’
    • ‘The islands will follow a "cradle-to-cradle" philosophy, which calls for using renewable energy and products made from materials that can be reused or organically decomposed.’
    • ‘Components can also be organically synthesized from more basic chemicals.’
    • ‘Gardenias like an organically enriched, slightly acidic, moist, well-draining soil.’
    • ‘Most of the Cretaceous seas were organically highly productive: it is estimated that more than half of the world's oil and gas comes from reservoirs in Cretaceous rocks.’
  • 2Without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals.

    ‘organically grown crops’
    ‘incentives offered to farmers to farm organically’
    • ‘One popular food product is organically or naturally produced beef.’
    • ‘For any gardener who isn't yet convinced about the need to garden organically, here are some statistics that may change your mind.’
    • ‘Ensure healthy mineral levels by eating a diet of whole, organically grown foods.’
    • ‘We're going to have a little lesson on how to eat organically.’
    • ‘They have come up with a fungus-resistant variety which could be grown organically.’
    • ‘Salmon here is wild or organically farmed.’
    • ‘Campaigners are also lobbying the government to increase the percentage of organically farmed land.’
    • ‘The researchers compared commercially available strawberry varieties grown only on fields managed organically.’
    • ‘Our customers expect organic cows to be fed organically.’
    • ‘Cattle that are grown for beef must be raised organically their entire lives.’
  • 3Physiology
    In a way that relates to a bodily organ or organs.

    ‘it's not a definable illness; there is nothing organically wrong’
    • ‘Despite the organic basis of the disorder, the diagnostic criteria have been derived through consensus, rather than being organically based; no biological "test" exists for autism.’
    • ‘Disorientation for time, place and person is not persistent or severe enough to justify a diagnosis of organically caused delirium.’
    • ‘In general, the probable outcome is good for physical (organically caused) dysfunctions resulting from treatable or reversible conditions.’
    • ‘The organically impaired are those whose ability to control impulses is significantly affected by their neurological or medical condition.’
    • ‘There are also forms of organically based temporary or transient amnesia, such as those induced by drug or alcohol intoxication or by epileptic seizures.’
  • 4As elements of an organized whole.

    ‘workers in both parts of the new economy are organically connected’
    ‘little subplots which fit organically into the overall picture’
    • ‘They believe language is organically linked to the idea of nation.’
    • ‘A health system is organically integrated with the society which it serves.’
    • ‘Civilisation is organically linked with the advance of technology.’
    • ‘The songs are precisely chosen to echo the events onscreen, but they fit organically with the scenes.’
    • ‘Sustainability features were organically woven into the design of the facility.’
    • ‘They succeed by organically integrating five major business skills that give them a competitive edge.’
    • ‘Lukacs called for a synthesis of social and psychological forces which "organically binds together the general and the particular both in characters and situations".’
    • ‘But rarely are these facts integrated into organically unified pictures.’
    • ‘In order to achieve these aims, the city needs an organically unified system in terms of facilities and service institutions.’
    • ‘The massive chandelier that hangs in the open stairwell is made up of tons of lightbulbs that are organically formed into a cascading mass.’
    1. 4.1 In the course of gradual or natural development.
      ‘the market grew organically from its modest beginnings’
      ‘national identity develops organically’
      • ‘Scenes flow organically from one to the next, with no contrivance to set something up just for the sake of a gag.’
      • ‘The company is now focused on improving its offering and growing in terms of users organically rather than with purchases.’
      • ‘We prefer to expand organically, through internal growth.’
      • ‘In the best fiction, great themes evolve organically from great stories rather than the other way around.’
      • ‘These warm-hearted scenes seem to evolve organically, almost like a documentary about real roommates.’
      • ‘During this period, we need to move, preferably naturally and organically, towards far more representative institutions.’
      • ‘The updates arrive on his blog easily and organically, in time with my browsing, or so it seems.’
      • ‘I prefer things to happen organically rather than being media-led.’
      • ‘Make sure that each article organically and logically flows to the next.’
      • ‘The site has evolved organically, with no pre-conceived plan.’