Meaning of -ICS in English


-ics /ɪks/ AmE suffix [in nouns]

[ Origin: -ic + -s (translating Greek -ika (plural)) ]

1 . the scientific study or use of something:

linguistics (=the study of language)

electronics (=the study or making of electronic equipment)

2 . the actions typically done by someone with particular skills:

athletics (=running, jumping, throwing, etc)


3 . used to make nouns out of words ending in ↑ -ical or ↑ -ic :

the acoustics (=sound qualities) of the hall

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.